Tsugaru lacquerware

About Tsugaru lacquerware

Tsugaru lacquerware originated in the Edo period (1603-1868), when the lord of the Hirosaki Domain (now part of Aomori Prefecture) invited a lacquer artisan from Wakasa Province (now Fukui Prefecture). In the Meiji period (1868-1912), Tsugaru lacquerware grew into a major local industry after the establishment of a lacquerware factory and a cooperative association. Tsugaru lacquerware gained worldwide recognition after it was exhibited at the Vienna World Exposition in 1873.
●Designated as a Traditional Craft of Japan in 1975