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Traditional Craft

Aizu lacquerware

Aizu lacquer was founded in 1590, when Gamo-Ujisato, the feudal lord of the Aizu region at the behest of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, invited to Aizu specialist woodworkers and lacquer artisans from Hino in Omi Province (present-day Shiga Prefecture), in order to spread their techniques throughout the region. Since then, successive generations were encouraged by their feudal lords, and at present, they now make a range of items including tableware, vases, writing materials, tea utensils, and Buddhist altar fittings, meaning that now, Aizu lacquer is one of Japan's pre-eminent names in lacquerware.

Information

Location
1-7-3 Omachi, Aizu-Wakamatsu City
Contact
Aizu Lacquerware Cooperative Union
TEL: +81-242-24-5757/ FAX: +81-242-24-5726
E-mail:aizunuri@trust.ocn.ne.jp
Website
http://www.chuokai-fukushima.or.jp/aizushikkikumiai/
Hours
08:30 - 17:00
Closed
2nd and 4th Saturdays; Sundays, public holidays
Parking
Available
Pets
Not allowed
Access
By train: 10 walk from JR Aizu-Wakamatsu Station on the JR Ban'etsu west Line

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