Updated at 2022-03-28
The Japanese people used sap, or lacquer, to preserve their tools as early as 9,000 years ago in the Jomon period. Over thousands of years, lacquer art has become one of Japan’s most representative traditional crafts. Kagawa lacquer, which features a style that consolidates Chinese, Japanese, and Southeast Asian elements, is the most prominent. It is a common misconception that the price of lacquerware is exorbitant. In actuality, Japanese lacquer artisans create both traditional lacquerware and affordable variations. Therefore, lacquer art continues to thrive in modern Japanese society, fueled by a persistent table culture.
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