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.


Sansui makie small box with legs

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 kagamari makie (The round shaped case with cover)

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.






③飛花 盛器
Tray for fruits, snacks and salad

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.







Kanazawa Lacquerware

Urushi ware is an example of Japanese art techniques. Kanazawa ware is of an especially high class and is traditionally painted with gold dust. In the early 17th century, the Maeda lords invited famous craftman Igarashi Doho from Kyoto to introduce his exquisite painting techniques to local artisans. The result was Kaga Maki-e, a fine raised lacquer design used on various articles like trays, jewelry boxes, tea utensils, ornaments and other household goods.
(from introducing KANAZAWA, Japan)

Process of Making Lacquerware

Only cypress wood is used in the best quality of lacquerware, and the foundation will never warp, contract nor shrink in wood grain. The joints of the base are carved out and filled with a mixture of finely cut hemp, flour and lacquer juice to hold the joints. Lacquer is tapped from lacquer trees much like rubber from rubber trees.

1. Then the base is covered with linen cloth to keep it from warping and cracking.
2. The first coat of lacquer mixed with clay is applied on the linen cloth.
3. A mixture of pumice-stone powder and lacquer is applied after the surface is sufficiently dried and rubbed smooth with a whetstone.
4. Refined clay mixed with lacquer is spread all over the piece.
5. After each coating of the above, it is polished smooth with a whetstone.
6. The first coat of color is applied. To blacken, it is mixed with Indian ink.
7. Then the surface is polished with soft magnolia charcoal.
8. In the final stage, clear lacquer is rubbed into the surface with a piece of cotton and polished with deer horn powder and vegetable oil until it assumes a brilliant luster. It takes about two months to finish these all stages.


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