Updated at 2022-04-17
Ryukyuan lacquerware is a national traditional handicraft designated by the Japanese government. The distinct bright vermilion color makes Ryukyuan lacquerware extremely recognizable. Surfaces are coated in pure vermilion or black before polishing. Pig's blood was traditionally used for the undercoat, producing lacquerware with saturated and vivid vermilion. In addition to the chinkin, maki-e, and raden techniques, Ryukyuan artisans also invented the tsuikin technique. The green turbans abundant along the coast of Ryukyu also give Ryukyuan lacquerware a unique style.
Area: 2,280.98 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 1,459,835
Main industries: Tourism, service, agriculture, fisheries