Updated at 2022-04-17
Traditional lacquerware is durable and becomes more lustrous over time despite being extremely time-intensive. Therefore, lacquerware has become the main type of kitchenware in Japan. The rice bowl in the picture is a classic lacquer bowl used in Japan. Interestingly, Europeans refer to lacquerware as “japan,” which shows Japan’s high achievement in lacquer art. Taking time to create a durable piece of art perfectly embodies the persistent nature of Japanese artisans. Lacquerware produced in Kagawa Prefecture typically undergoes one or more of the region’s unique lacquer techniques, including kinma, goto-nuri, zonsei, choshitsu, and zokoku-nuri. These techniques are recognized nationally as traditional crafts by the Japanese government.
Agreement date: July 18, 2016
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