Kawatsura lacquerware

About Kawatsura lacquerware

Kawatsura lacquerware began in the Kamakura period (1185-1333). It is said to have begun when the younger brother of Shigemichi Onodera, the first lord of Inaniwa Castle and a retainer of the shogun Minamoto Yoritomo, ordered peasants to lacquer weapons and armor as a side job during the winter. In the late Edo period (1603-1868), bowls, stacking boxes, and other items for daily use came to be widely produced.
●Designated as a Traditional Craft of Japan in 1976

Kawatsura lacquerware Creator