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[Suruga Maki-e Lacquerware]

Gorgeous maki-e lacquerware with distinctive, fresh designs

Maki-e involves creating a pattern in lacquer, and then adding decoration by scattering powdered metals and shells on the lacquer before it dries. It is a craft with a long history which can be traced all the way back to the Nara period. It is said that maki-e began to be produced in Suruga around 1828, and the fresh, gorgeously expressed patterns with flowers, birds, plants and trees as subjects gave birth to "Suruga maki-e". "Keshifun maki-e" using finely ground gold leaf ("keshifun") is the mainstay of Suruga maki-e, and items like trinket boxes which can readily become a part of everyday life are also made.
Posted photos Main Suruga maki-e mouse pads
Two photos Upper Suruga maki-e (ornamental hairpins, hair clasp, hand mirror, card case, maki-e frame), lower Suruga three maki-e items (boxes and bowl)

Stores where you can purchase Suruga maki-e lacquerware

● Sunpu Rakuichi Shizuoka Station Asty store
Address 47 Kurogane-cho, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka
Phone +81-54-251-1147 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Holidays January 1st
Price Ornamental hairpin, Hair clasp from 3,420 yen to 6,480 yen, Hand mirror 3,564 yen, Mouse pad 3,600 yen, Card case 6,912 yen, Maki-e frame from 8,640 yen to 12,960 yen
Access Alight at "Shizuoka Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen.
Photo credit Local Industry Unit, Industrial Promotion Section, Shizuoka City, Sunpu Rakuichi

updated on Sep 30, 2015

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