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About Kishu Lacquerware Cooperative Union

Showroom At the Kishu Lacquerware Traditional Production Museum, there are a display room for the Kishu Lacquerware, a lacquerware reference room, a woodworking room, and, of course, a corner for selling Kishu Lacquerware.
It’s a wonderful place to learn more about the art.
Career
1885
Lacquerware Trade Union and Gold Inlay Lacquerers Union are both founded
1901
Kuroe Lacquerware Makers Union is formed
1921
Kuroe Lacquerware Makers Union renamed to Kishu Lacquerware Makers Union
1947
Wakayama Prefecture Lacquerware Commerce and Industry Cooperative Union established
1969
Lacquerware Group Workshop established in Okada, Wakayama City
1986
Completed Kishu Lacquerware Traditional Production Museum
2005
Wakayama Prefecture Lacquerware Commerce and Industry Cooperative Union renamed to Kishu Lacquerware Cooperative Union
2015
Prince Naruhito visits the Kishu Lacquerware Traditional Production Museum

Artifact Information

Artifact NameKishu Lacquerware : Lacquerware
History Kishu Lacquerware was originally produced primarily in the northwest part of Kainan City in Wakayama Prefecture, an area called the Kuroe District.
It is one of Japan’s Three Great Lacquerware Producing Areas alongside Fukushima Prefecture (Aizu-nuri), and Ishikawa Prefecture (Yamanaka-nuri and Wajima-nuri).
Kishu Lacquerware is thought to have begun with the creation of Shibuji bowls made by the Kishu woodworkers of the Muromachi Period (1392-1491).
It is also said that the tables, bowls, trays, and cabinets created by the monks for the Negoro-ji Temple in modern day Naga District’s Iwade town, also played a role in the origin of Kishu Lacquerware.
In 1978, the then-Ministry of International Trade and Industry designated Kishu Lacquerware a Traditional Craft, which helped contribute to Wakayama Prefecture’s continued prosperity as a creator of artisanal works in keeping with the long-standing traditions of Japan.

The Traditional Craftsman Profile

Craftsman Name
Craftsman Toshifumi TaniokaToshifumi Tanioka
Career
1982
Received 17th Annual National Lacquerware Nihon Keizai Shinbun Editor’s Award
1984
Received 19th Annual National Lacquerware Wakayama Prefectural Governor’s Award
1996
Declared a traditional craftsman
1999
Received 33rd Annual National Lacquerware Wakayama Prefectural Governor’s Award
2001
Commended by the Kinki Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry for distinguished service in the field of traditional craft production.
2004
Chosen for the Itami National Craft Exhibition
2007
Received the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Silver Rays
2013
Honored as master craftsman by Wakayama Prefecture
Craftsman Name
Craftsman Katsuhiko HayashiKatsuhiko Hayashi
Career
1984
Chosen for Kyoto Exhibition *And six subsequent ones
1985
Chosen for Kansai Art Exhibition
1991
Chosen for Japan Fine Arts Exhibition
1993
Chosen for Japan Crafts Exhibition
1998
Won award from Japan Crafts Exposition
1999
Won Wakayama Prefectural Governor’s award at 33rd annual National Lacquerware Exhibition
2001
Commended by the Kinki Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry for distinguished service in the field of traditional craft production
2004
Chosen for the Itami National Craft Exhibition
2005
Received Kinokuni Talent Award Honorable Mention
2007
Declared a traditional craftsman
Craftsman Name
Craftsman Kumiko TaniokaKumiko Tanioka
Career
2002
Chosen for the Wakayama Prefecture Fine Arts Exposition
2003
Won the Wakayama Prefecture Fine Arts Exposition Mainichi Shinbun Award
2010
Declared a traditional craftsman
Craftsman Name
Craftsman Kagesato SumidaKagesato Sumida
Career
2002
Began producing original lacquerware
Selected for Wakayama Good Design 2002
2004
Selected for Wakayama Good Design 2004
2005
Received newcomer award at Public National Traditional Craft Exhibition
2005-2010
Hired to restore the pillars in the inner hall of the Mt. Koya temple
2007
Received Wakayama Prefecture Kinokuni Talent Award Honorable Mention
2008
Received National Lacquerware Exhibition – Shoko Chukin Bank President Award
2015
Participated in Wakayama Prefecture Cultural Award 50th Anniversary Exposition

Manufacturing Method

1. Collecting and creating lacquer
The bark of the lacquer tree is pierced, and the lacquer sap that flows out is collected.
*Each tree is sapped twenty times or more.The collected sap is processed and purified.
2. Wood processing
Wood processing Selected pieces of lumber, cut into the proper proportions, are left out until the surface is completely dry and no longer changes.
*Saws and planes are used to shape the wood
3. Base processing
Base processing After being processed, the base wood’s shape is adjusted in minor ways.
4. Topcoating process
Topcoating process Undercoating is finished, followed by midcoating and topcoating, allowing for a more beautiful and resilient final product.
5. Decorating process
Decorating process The painted product is further decorated by hand with delicate application of lacquer and gold leaf to make it even more beautiful.

Location & Address

■ Kishu Lacquerware Cooperative Union

Home page Signboard
Postal code
642-0001
Address
222 Funoo Kainan Wakayama
Homepage
http://www.chuokai-wakayama.or.jp/sikki-k/index.html
Business hours : Uruwashikan
Tryout 10:00 - 16:30
Admission free
Holidays
Bon holidays / New Year's Holiday
Tryout
Observation ・By advanced reservation only - To make
  a reservation, contact: [email protected]
 *Early booking is required
 Private: Saturdays ・ Sundays /
  13:00 - 15:00
 Group (10 or more): Mon. - Sun. / 10:00 - 15:00
 Fee - JPY1,000 for each person