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About Kaburaki

The exterior of Studio [From the Time of Establishment to the Edo Period]
Kaburaki began in Kanazawa in 1822, during the reign of Ienari, the eleventh Tokugawa Shogun, as the first merchant house selling Kutani ware.  At the time, the Kaga Domain wished to revive and popularize Kutani ware, and so this was just after a number of historically famous Kutani kilns, such as the Wakasugi and Ono kilns, had begun operations. Also, in 1824, the famous Yoshidaya yō (kiln) was opened by Denemon Toyoda.
Their shop, Kaburaki played a role during Kutani ware’s revival period by not only selling items from each of the kilns, but also by inviting porcelain artists to a workshop of their own and decorating the porcelain.

[From the Meiji Period to the Taisho Period]
Upon entering the Meiji Period, foreign exporting, which the fourth head of the family, Jihei, had been working toward since the final years of clan rule, was finally running smoothly. Also, accompanying increased domestic demand, a production system was established that could supply both satisfactory quality and volume. It is said that, in this period, foreign exporting reached full swing, and the Industrial Arts of Kutani were established. Their shop was active in displaying items in both domestic exhibitions and international exhibitions overseas, and Kaburaki-made Kutani received recognition and fame as first class products. The publication Kutani-yaki 330-nen (330 Years of Kutani Ware) describes Kaburaki-made items of the time as follows. “A back stamp reading ‘Kaburaki-made’ is placed on every item to show the conviction of the owner in his responsibility toward the products, and the attitude of only wanting to sell these superb products is likely what formed the basis of five generations of successful merchants.” Now, Kaburaki-made items from that time are in demand both domestically and overseas, and all those that they have on hand are on display in their shop gallery.

[From the Showa Period to the Present]
Upon entering the Showa period, foreign exporting came to an end, and they began to put more effort into domestic demand. We overcame the difficult periods before and after the war, and ever since, they have continued to supply people all throughout Japan with Kutani ware. Now, the store is in its eighth generation, and they will soon be celebrating their 200th anniversary. They are pouring their hearts and souls more than ever before into the founding spirit of “supplying customers all over the country with tasteful and superb Kutani ware."

Artifact Information

Artifact NameKutani-yaki : ware
History Kutani-yaki (ware) is said to have originated around the year 1655, the first year of the Meireki epoch, when high quality porcelain clay was found in the Kutani area of Yamanaka -machi in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Due to the discovery, Toshiharu Maeda, the first lord of the Daishoji Clan, sent a retainer, Saijiro Goto, to Arita Village in the Bizen region to learn how to make porcelain, and he later brought this knowledge back home. The items produced during this period are called Kokutani (Old Kutani). Ever since the 17th century, Kokutani has been highly valued as one of the most dignified, bold, and luxurious styles of decorated porcelain made in Japan, along with Kakiemon, Koimari (Old Imari), and Ironabeshima (Colored Nabeshima) from Arita and Ninsei from Kyoto. The traditional beauty of Kokutani is still being passed down even now, 350 years after its origin.

Store Information

Well-established Kutani-yaki Store
Craftsman Seiichi OnishiMotoyoshi, the eighth head of the Kaburaki family
Career
1822
Founded
1877
Kyoto Exposition – Awarded the Technical Development Medal
1878
Kyoto Exposition – Awarded the Medal for Merit
Tokyo Silk-textiles and Lacquer-ware Fair – Awarded the Fourth-place Medal
Ishikawa Prefectural Fair – Awarded the Second-place Medal
1887
The Fifth Ishikawa Prefectural Products Competitive Fair – Awarded the First-place Medal in Ceramics
The Third Kansai Joint Prefectural Fair – Awarded the Fourth-place Medal
The Sixth Ishikawa Prefectural Products Competitive Fair – Awarded the Second-place Medal
1892
The Fourth Kansai Joint Prefectural Fair (May 11th) – Awarded the Third-place Medal
The Toyama Prefectural Exhibition – Awarded the Second-place Silver Medal
1894
Display of Plum-print Small Bowls at the Joint Fair – Awarded the Fourth-place Medal
1899
The Ishikawa Principle Products Fair (Ceramics Division) – Awarded the Second-place Medal
1903
The Fifth National Industrial Exhibition (Ceramic Vase) – Awarded the Third-place Medal
1904
The World Exposition (St. Louis, USA) –Tahei Kaburaki, Awarded the Silver Medal(Commemorating the Louisiana Purchase of 1803)
1905
The World Exposition (Liege, Belgium) – Tahei Kaburaki, Awarded the Gold Medal (Held under the auspices of the King of Belgium, the count of Flanders, and Prince Albert)
Display at the Kobe Trade Fair – Received a Letter of Appreciation
1906
Display at the Osaka Sensho Memorial Exhibition – Awarded First-place
1907
Display of Cake Boxes at the Ninth Kansai Joint Prefectural Fair – Awarded Fourth-place
1910
Display at the Japan-British Exhibition (Japan) – Taihei Kaburaki, Awarded the Silver Medal
1911
Display of Vases at the National Industrial Exhibition – Awarded the Silver Development Medal
1916
Display of Vases Decorated with Peony Designs at an Arts and Crafts Exhibition – Awarded Second-place
1924
A bowl was inspected by the Prince upon his visit to the prefecture
1959
Moved the main store to Musashi-cho in Kanazawa City ( Ishikawa Prefecture )
1972
Created a Japan-China Friendship Cup to commemorate Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka’s visit to China
1978
Eiichi, the seventh head of the family, was awarded the Fifth Class Order of the Sacred Treasure
1995
Opened “Oishii Ippuku Kaburaki” on the second floor of the Kanazawa Musashi Main Store
Won the Kanazawa Store-making Grand Prix
1998
Motoyoshi, the eighth head of the family, took office as the director of the Kanazawa Kutani Promotion Cooperative
2002
Created Kutani ware as official goods for the KOREA/JAPAN 2002 FIFA WORLD CUP, co-sponsored by Japan and Korea
2005
Opened the Tokyo-Kaburaki branch store in Azabu-juban, Tokyo
Moved the main store to an old samurai residence in Nagamachi, Kanazawa City
2006
Established the Kanazawa Kutani Club, a specified non-profit corporation
2007
Display of Kaburaki-made Wine Glasses at the Second “Harmonious Lifestyle Exhibition” – Awarded the Special Recognition Award
Became incorporated and changed trade name to KABURAKI Co., Ltd.
2008
Display at the French International Trade Show “Maison & Objet
Display of Kaburaki-made Wine Glasses at The All Japan Traditional Craft Competition – Awarded the Lifestyle Award

Location & Address

■ 鏑木: Kaburaki

The exterior of Studio
Postal code
920-0865
Address
1-3-16 Nagamachi Kanazawa Ishikawa
Homepage
http://kaburaki.jp/
Shop / Gallery
9:00 - 22:00 (7 days a week)

■ 鏑木分店: Tokyo branch

Postal code
106-0045
Address
3-3-3 Azabujuban Minato-ku Tokyo
Shop / Gallery
11:00 - 20:00 (Closed on Tuesdays)

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