Suruga lacquer ware


《History of Suruga Laquer Ware》

Shizuoka's lacquer ware "Suruga lacquer ware" has a long history and begins in the Imagawa era. After that, it is said that the foundation of Suruga lacquer ware was laid by the lacquer workers invited by the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, from various countries to build the Asama Shrine, who lived permanently in Shizuoka after the construction and taught the technique. I am. Since then, it has developed as a local industry in Shizuoka.


《Kongo Ishime Nuri》

Kongo Ishime-nuri begins with the epoch-making idea of using sand for the production of lacquer ware by the first Gonin (Toba Seiichi). After that, trial and error was repeated, and in 1918, we finally completed our own "sand sowing ground" (ground method). The feature of this technique is that lacquer and good quality sand are used for the base material (wooden products, dry lacquer, etc.) to create a very robust base layer. "Sand sown" is unique to Kongo Ishime-nuri, both historically and nationwide. The groundwork is an important process that forms the basis of the coating. A solid foundation makes lacquer ware durable and long-lasting. In Kongo Ishime-nuri, lacquer is applied over the base layer made of sand-sown material, and each one is carefully sharpened and polished.


The lacquer ware completed in this way has a beautiful deep luster, and is also resistant to heat and water and is excellent in practical use. The dry lacquer vase is an application and development of sand lacquer. The main body of the flower goose, which is the base material, is made by applying hard sand and strong hemp. By further applying sand to this body, the dry lacquer flower goose will also be coated with Kongo stone. Since the inside is also coated with lacquer many times, you can directly add water to grow flowers.

[Registration / designation of Suruga lacquer ware]

It has been designated as an intangible cultural property of Shizuoka Prefecture, receiving high praise for its tradition of making traditional lacquer ware, the development of original techniques, and the practicality and beauty of products in daily life.