Wajima Lacquerware Gallery

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(wajima nuri kaikan)

Wajima Lacquerware Gallery
1 Michelin Star
1 Michelin Star
Cost: $

The Wajima Lacquerware Gallery, situated in the heart of Wajima city in Ishikawa prefecture, is a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts and collectors. Renowned for its exceptional quality and durability, Wajima lacquerware is Japan’s most prized traditional handicraft. The gallery is the perfect place to learn about the history of Wajima lacquerware and witness the intricate process of creating these exquisite pieces.

The gallery showcases an extensive collection of Wajima lacquerware, including bowls, cups, chopsticks, dishes, and boxes. The pieces on display are exquisite and have been handcrafted by skilled artisans, ensuring that every piece is unique. The attention to detail is evident in the intricate designs, which have been created using a variety of techniques, including gold leaf, mother-of-pearl, and lacquer carving.

In addition to the lacquerware itself, the Wajima Lacquerware Gallery also displays a range of historic and modern tools used in its creation. Visitors can learn about the 124-step process of making Wajima lacquerware, which involves shaping the wooden base, applying layers of lacquer, and decorating with gold leaf or mother-of-pearl. The final product is polished to a high sheen, creating a stunning finish.

One of the main reasons why Wajima lacquerware is so highly valued is its durability. The lacquer used is made from the sap of the urushi tree, which is found in abundance in the Wajima region. The unique properties of this lacquer mean that the finished product is resistant to water, heat, and chemicals, making it ideal for use as tableware.

The Wajima Lacquerware Gallery has recently been awarded a Michelin one-star rating, further cementing its reputation as a must-visit destination in Japan. The gallery is located in a historic building that has been beautifully restored and features a shop on the first floor where visitors can purchase their own piece of Wajima lacquerware to take home.

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