Japan Crafts Oshima : Ishikawa
Japan Crafts Oshima : YAMANAKA, ISHIKAWA pref.
- It is believed that Yamanaka Onsen (hotspring) was originally opened about 1300 years ago.
- Located in Kaga-shi, Ishikawa prefecture, Yamanaka Onsen has a long history of high quality spring water.
- This place was also visited by the well-known poet Matsuo Basho (‘Oku no Hosomichi’) as well as the literati and calligraphers.
- The traditional craftmanship that was passed on for generations in this town is 'Yamanaka lacqureware'.
'Lacqureware' is a traditional Japanese craft made from wood coated with lacqure painting.
- Yamanaka lacqureware is made by 'completely devided labor process' , whiclh is very rare in modern day in Japan.
- Because of the intrense labor and artistry, each artisian shows his pride pride and strong technique in each process.
The process can be divided into following 6 stages.
- 1. Wood carving - Making the wood base in a rough complete shape
- 2. Finish carving - Using a potter’s wheel to carve (or grind) for fine and delicate details.
- * With this potter’s wheel grind, Yamanaka lacqure is believed to be the best technique in Japan.
- 3. Priming - Applying primer to the wooden base
- 4. Rubbing lacqure - Rubbing raw lacqure into the wooden base.
- 5. Coating - Applying refined lacqure.
- 6. Maki-e/Foil Processing - Applying delicate and beautiful decoration to finish.
- Each process is completed by a professional artisan. Like a relay race when each athelete passes a baton, high quality technique and craftmanship is carried through to the last process in order to complete each piece.
【Long established Yamanaka lacquareware】About Japan Crafts Oshima
- Founded in 1909, one of the oldes established Yamanaka lacquareware stores 'Japan Crafts Oshima' is currently run by the 4th generation, Mr. Oshima Taro. (He is also a great friend of Tokyo Matcha Style CEO)
- ‘For the future of lacqueaware, I must add or create a new value to the existing tradition.’
- Mr. Taro is trying to change the ‘Simple, fine yet high-end’ impression towards the lacquaware to also add ‘more daily use’ concept, and is busy spending every day to develop and design new products.
- - 'Otama Wan' is a bowl specific for egg on rice bowl dish.
- - 'motchu' is a soother shaped device that you can attach to a straw for babies and infants to aid in drinking.
- His original craftmanship and technique have been already implemented in these unique products, and they can be purchased as well.
- 'I would like to keep producing something that is outside of the traditional lacquerwares box.'
- Keep an eye on new products coming up from Japan Crafts Oshima.