Kaga is well known as a city of Japanese traditional crafts such as Kaga-yuzen, Wajima-lacquerware, Kutani-pottery. Yamanaka lacquerware is one of the most famous crafts in Kaga.
The origin of Yamanaka lacquerware goes back to the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1592). A group of Kiji-shi(wood turner) moved to Yamanaka district and started making wooden bases. Since middle of Edo-priod, a technique of lacquering and Makie (painting using lacquer and gilt) was introduced from Aizu, Kyoto, and Kanazawa, and Yamanaka has been flourished as a major production area of lacquerware including tea utensils.
In Showa period (1926-1989), manufacturers in Yamanaka started making urethane coated plastic products earlier than others, not only making traditional lacquerware. Their effort has been contributed to the innovation of the lacquering technique.
Here at Yamanaka, with our history since the initiation, SEIGADO offers new lifestyles using technique of lacquering.