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The English word “Japan” has two meanings. One is the country “Japan”. The other is “Lacquerware.” The two examples of specific industrial arts being called by the name of their country are “Japan” for lacquerware and “China” for chinaware. Lacquerware is shining by splendid varnish that was developed in the orient, particularly in Japan. What is meant by the word is that “Lacquerware” is a representative traditional artistic handicraft of Japan.

  • spoon
  • pencil
  • ornamental hairpin
    ornamental hairpin
  • chopsticks
  • tray
  • miso soup bowl
    miso soup bowl
  • sake cup (Tsuishitsu)
    sake cup (Tsuishitsu)
  • sake cup (gourd)
    sake cup (gourd)
  • decorative box (gourd)
    decorative box (gourd)
  • mouse
  • ornament (pinecone)
    ornament (pinecone)


Kutani-yaki is the Japanese china skill that writing lines with a blue paint named Gosu and painting with five colors (red, blue, yellow, green, and purple) called Gosai. Their featured drawings are mountain, water, flower, and bird. They give a strong impression. In Meiji period, Kutani-yaki becomes famous as “Japan Kutani” because the skill of Kinrande by Kutani Shouza becomes a mainstream.

  • chopsticks rest
    chopsticks rest
  • cup & saucer
    cup & saucer
  • sake cup
    sake cup
  • bowl
  • wash basin
    wash basin


Huki-glass is one of the glass skills that rolling melted glass over the pole, blowing breath into the pole, and making a product. This skill was developed by Phoenician in East Mediterranean Sea at 1 B.C. and this skill hasn't changed that much since then.

  • rock glass
    rock glass
  • 3 legs dish
    3 legs dish
  • cup
  • cold sake cup
    cold sake cup
  • gold & silver bowl
    gold & silver bowl