1996 / stile LIFE / Japan

Surrounded by mountains, Takayama has been famous for its wooden architectures and woodcrafts which fostered many excellent craftsmen. In the Edo era, Takayama was the Shogunate demesne where Tea Ceremony flourished. Because its lacquer ware finishes resembled that of Seto ware (glazed pottery), it was called Shunkei lacquer ware. It’s beautiful colors and finishes were especially popular as tea ceremony ware. Since the 16th century, the natural soft textures and its delicate surface still shape many tableware and flower pots to this date. Around 1968, I had a privilege of coming across a 200 years old ancient beautiful Shunkei lacquer ware that looked so fresh as if it was finished only days ago.

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