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(kamakuraboti yougado)

Yogado is a long-established Kamakura-bori store, located in front of Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine, a popular tourist attraction in Kamakura. Kamakura-bori is a traditional craft that was introduced from China along with Zen Buddhism in the middle of the 12th century. This craft began when Buddhist sculptors carved and lacquered Buddhist altar fittings for temples. Today, Kamakura-bori has evolved into an art form that is highly valued for its intricate designs and exquisite craftsmanship.

As you step inside Yogado, you are immediately struck by the variety of Kamakura-bori products on display. The store is always bustling with people, and there is a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation in the air. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and they are always happy to answer any questions you may have about Kamakura-bori.

One of the most striking features of Yogado’s Kamakura-bori products is the use of katsura trees grown in Hokkaido. These trees are known for their high quality and durability, making them an ideal choice for Kamakura-bori. The products are then thickly finished with layers of natural lacquer, giving them a lustrous and glossy appearance.

Yogado’s Kamakura-bori products range from large works by traditional craftsmen to small items like chopsticks. Each piece is unique and has its own story to tell. You can find everything from intricately carved jewelry boxes to beautiful sake cups and tea sets. The attention to detail and the skill of the craftsmen is evident in every piece.

One of the highlights of visiting Yogado is the opportunity to watch the craftsmen at work. The store has a workshop where you can observe the Kamakura-bori process firsthand. From carving to lacquering, you can see how these beautiful pieces are made and appreciate the skill and dedication that goes into each one.


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