Updated at 2024-02-23
Japan has a robust handicraft industry. Of which, lacquer craft is the most representative. Second only to the pottery industry in terms of scale, lacquerware is an integral part of Japanese life. In addition to kitchenware, modern artisans continue to develop new and practical ways of applying lacquer. The merge the art and science of lacquer to develop innovative lacquer-related products, such as audio equipment and ballpoint pens. Interestingly, the most prominent feature of lacquer is that it does not seem to be obtrusive, regardless of application. Instead, it adds to the elegance of its application.
Area: 1,905.29 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 8,824,000 people
Main Industries/Features: Agriculture, fisheries, commerce and industry