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Yamanaka Lacquer Ware

Japan has various famous styles of lacquer ware. One of them is Yamanaka Lacquerware, from the Yamanaka area of Ishikawa Prefecture in Central Japan. 

Yamanaka Lacquerware originated during the Azuchi Momoyama period (1568 – 1600) when local woodworkers moved up the stream of the Yamanaka onsen, where they used the surrounding trees for raw materials. Lacquer artworks first took ground in Kyoto; what makes Yamanaka Lacquerware special is their decorations, which are made by carving the wood with a potter’s wheel method. 

There are about 10 different techniques to do this.

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First, the lumber is stripped from the wood in the direction of the wood grow, so that it remains stable and highly resistant against any impact. This allows the wood to be used to craft the airtight tea containers that need to be highly resistant against air, temperature and pressure in order to protect the tea leaves kept in it. The next step is to process the wood using a potter’s wheel, or “rokuro” in Japanese. “rokuro hiki” is the technique used to shave the wood with the potter’s wheel, allowing them to create extremely detailed decorations.    

One of the specialty products of Yamanaka Lacquerware is high quality tea containers. Their production process is detailed, extensive, and requires a very high level of creativity and craftsmanship.     

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  • Wooden Tea Container TAWARA

    Starting at: $120.76

    The Japanese tea container TAWARA has a very simple, compact design. It's simple shape is put into value through the handcrafted rills on the surface. The cherry birch not only feels great in one's hand, together with the tight cap it well protects the contents of the container from humidity and other factors. The additional inner cap prohibits air to get into contact with the container's contents. In Japan this box is mainly used to store green tea, But it also can be used to store coffee, herbs, spices or other food with a delicate flavor.

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  • Long Shaped Large Tea Container HISHI

    Starting at: $120.76

    This filigrane tea container is a wonderful combination of Japanese woodcraft and modern design. The rills on the surface of the tea container are handmade by highly skilled craftsmen, giving the object a very dynamic and elegant touch. The cherry birch not only feels great in one's hand, together with the tight cap it well protects the contents of the container from humidity and other factors. In Japan this box is mainly used to store green tea, But it also can be used to store coffee, herbs, spices or other food with a delicate flavor.

    This tea container has been selected to be part of the "THE WONDER 500" collection. This collection has been made by the Ministry of Econoy of Japan in order to promoted great Japanese products overseas.

  • Asymmetric Modern Style Tea Container "KAMA"

    Regular Price:

    $130.83
    The name of this modern style tea container (KAMA = kettle) refers to the its shape of a kettle. The simple lines of the design are put into value through the handcrafted rills on the surface. The cherry birch not only feels great in one's hand, together with the tight cap it well protects the contents of the container from humidity and other factors. The additional inner cap prohibits air to get into contact with the container's contents. In Japan this box is mainly used to store green tea, But it also can be used to store coffee, herbs, spices or other food with a delicate flavor.

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