The Gold Collection

In the 8th century, gold was first discovered in Japan. Emperor Shomu (701 CE–756 CE) extensively used it to gild Buddha statues. The color gold came to evoke a sense of sacredness, nobility, and luxury. Japan places great emphasis on the sense of seasons, and gold is often associated with the bountiful autumn and the New Year, conveying a festive and auspicious atmosphere.

Fine gold powder is used in the maki-e technique to decorate the Aizu Lacquerware sakazuki flat sake cup, giving it an enchantingly soft and radiant glow. The kikubishi-shaped plate from Zuiho Kiln showcases a gentle and warm gold hue. The owl figurine, which perfectly combines gold with the Kutani gosai "five colors," is also very charming.