[Wajimaya Zenni] - Ishikawa/Wajima

[Wajimaya Zenni] - Ishikawa/Wajima

The beauty of Japanese lacquer crafts introduced to Europe in the 16th century made a huge impact. Lacquer crafts were recognized as a truly representative craft of Japan, so much so that the crafts that imitated it in Europe were called "Japan." Among these, Wajima City in Ishikawa Prefecture is known as a representative lacquerware production area.


We, Wajimaya Zenni, were founded on Wajima in the Edo Bunka era (1813), and for over 200 years, we have continued to share the traditional Wajima lacquering techniques and spread lacquer culture across the country. 


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Challenge the masterpiece

Wajimaya Zenni theme is to create the best lacquer art in history. There is no future if the current manufacturing is inferior to the past. For this reason, we consider lacquer art to be a national sport and have endeavored to recreate masterpieces from the history of lacquer art. We will play a role in passing on the achievements of our predecessors to the future by recreating masterpieces of maki-e such as the ``Katanekaruma makie box'' and ``Yatsuhashi makie inkstone box,'' as well as the masterpieces of ``Negoro,'' which flourished in the medieval period.




A vessel that is nurtured by those who use it

Lacquer is also said to be a living paint. Lacquerware is created in a workshop, but as it is used, it changes its appearance every day, gradually gaining a luster that seems to bounce from the depths of the lacquer, making it unique to that person. As time accumulates on lacquer vessels, each vessel grows, adding depth and beauty unique to it. It can be said that the beauty of lacquer is not perfected by the maker, but by the user. Negoro's lacquerware from the medieval period, which has been handed down to this day, has a dry taste that cannot be imitated by the lacquerware that was just created.


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