Whisk your family away on an exploration into the marine world and visit a local island on the way to admire the art of lacquerware
or mat weaving.
produced during the late Yuan (1279-1368) to the early Ming dynasty (1368-1644) is infinitely rarer than porcelain from the same period, simply because of this laborious manufacturing process.
Additionally, before the new Century model's production begins, workers from the Higashi-Fuji Plant visit Wajima lacquerware
workshops in Ishikawa Prefecture to learn the Japanese traditional craft of lacquerware
Among many of Japan's traditions, lacquerware
making, known as Urushi in Japanese, goes back to 5000 BCE in Japan during Jomon Period.
Featuring "Genji"-related calligraphy, album illustrations, painted screens, Buddhist sculptures and sutra, embroidered robes, musical instruments, lacquerware
, games, ukiyo-e (or "floating world") prints, modern-day manga and more, the show is sheer pleasure, from first to last.
Kim Jeong-yeoul, an artisan of "najeonchilgi," or lacquerware
inlaid with mother-of-pearl, has stopped working on it since 2008 when he went through the most difficult time in his life.
While in the last decade some particularly fine pieces have sold for six-figure sums, lacquerware
is still good value for money
The 6.5-metre-high canopied structure, decorated with lacquerware
, gold and other ornaments, has been used for coronations and other key imperial rituals since around the eighth century, according to the Imperial Household Agency.
| Beautiful costumes, ceramic jars and lacquerware
which show off Japan's highly developed craft skills and love of beautiful materials.
Among the many exhibits on display, a set of lacquerware
- a rhinoceros and a 'saisen' box (for collection of money offered to the deities at Japanese temples) made by Japan's 'Hikoju Makie' studio grabbed the attention of visitors as the rhino, rendered by extraordinary lacquer coating techniques, appears to look extremely similar to bronze artifacts.
A* Beautiful costumes, ceramic jars, and lacquerware
demonstrating Japan's highly developed craft skills and affinity for beautiful materials