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This is traditional table ware made from wood such as Japanese cypress, Japanese Judas tree, Japanese horse-chestnut with Japanese lacquer applied on the surface. Its main producer is an area called Narakawa, located at a gateway to former Nakasendo Highway along Kiso mountains. The area’s altitude, 900-meter above sea level, presents a cool climate which is suitable for applying lacquer. Moreover, the place is blessed with high-quality timbers. There is a historical record saying that lacquered furniture were brought to residences of samurai warriors of the Owari clan in feudal days. Thus, the history of lacquer ware of Kiso has a 400-year-old history. The table ware charms people with its beautiful luster unique to lacquer ware, its light weight and its sturdiness. If you buy the table ware such as a cup and saucer, a bowl with lid or a plate, it is wasteful not to use them. It is highly recommended that you use them on a table in daily life.
Lacquer Ware of Kiso