The lacquerware Shop, NOSAKU, is located in downtown Kanazawa with Kenrokuen Garden nearby.
The history of NOSAKU can be traced back to l780 (the 9th year of Annei of Edo Period), when the first shopkeeper began to deal with lacquer for artisans of ornaments for Buddhist altars.
At present, the 7th shopkeeper tries to keep the tradition by getting more people worldwide to appreciate lacquerware and Japanese culture, such as tea ceremonies and Noh Plays.
The type of box is called Karabitsu, it has 4 or 6 legs and had been used to protect a jewerly, clothing, documents and weapons from humidity.
The legs of box contribute to the elegance of the box.
Makie is a painting technique used with old traditional painting technique since long ago.
San (mountain) of Sansui shows such a dream that human believes in utopia, Chinese phoenix and dragon at the deep place within the mountain.
And, Sui (water) of Sansui represents the origin of life, which is believed by Japanese.
Yanpo is round shaped case with cover.
In the past, Yanpo was made with metal and used for the case of snacks.
Temari, Japanese traditional toy, is painted on Yanpo, and colorful temari is drawn with the description of changing the color of thread winded up on temari.
Tray for fruits, snacks and salad
On this tray, pine needle blown away by a wind is described with the technique using gold-inlaid laquerware (using powdered gold in etched grooves).
This product can be used as the tray for fruits, snacks and salad.
At the beginning, tiny pieces of sea shell and gold powder is, according to design, properly put on the surface of wood, and then lacquered on the surface.
After dried out and polished by artisan, the surface shines all around.
More informations about Nosaku’s website: http://www.kanazawa.gr.jp/nosaku/english/index.html