Odawara Lacquer Ware
The earliest examples of this ware were pieces of lacquered turned goods made from the plentiful supplies of wood available from the mountains around Hakone in the Muromachi period (1333-1568). Some time later, the technique of applying colored lacquer known as iro-urushi-nuri was introduced when Hojo who governed the area at the time, invited lacquer ware craftsmen to come to the castle town in order to develop the local craft. It seems reasonable to suppose that the required became established during the Edo period (1600-1868), when lacquer was used on weapons and armor as well as for household goods such as soup bowls and trays.
The special features of this ware are the craftsmanship of the turnery and the way in which the lacquer brings out the beauty of the natural grain to the full. There are two types of lacquer ware, kijiro-nuri on which clear lacquer is used and suri-urushi-nuri. For this raw lacquer is rubbed well into the polished surface of the wood. Even today, bowls, plates, trays and coasters are the principle items produced by the 7 firms employing 110 people, among whom there are 7 government recognized Master Craftsmen sustaining this craft.
- Traditional Odawara Lacquerware Association
- 1-21 Jonai,
Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture