Yamanaka Lacquerware
"Japanese Wooden Lacquerware"

Yamanaka lacquerware, also known as Yamanaka Shikki, is a lacquerware produced in the Yamanaka Onsen (hot spring) district of Kaga, Ishikawa prefecture. This lacquerware is unique in that it blends the natural elegance of the wood grain with the elegant maki-e technique of sprinkling gold, silver, or other colored powder onto a lacquer painting.

With its beautiful wood texture, delicate and robust Yamanaka Lacquerware is evolving day by day, incorporating a modern sense of design while inheriting a tradition that has lasted for 400 years.

Ideas for Use

Japanese Lacquerware is beautiful, lightweight and robust, a wonderful tableware for serving Japanese food. Especially Japanese Wooden lacquerware soup bowls retain heat and also block heat, so even if you serve hot food, the bowl itself will not get hot. Japanese lacquerware also has antimicrobial properties, a feature that is appreciated in modern life.

Yamanaka Lacquerware has a wide range of products, from standard soup bowls to chopsticks and coasters.Traditional Jubako (stacked boxes) and trays are essential to the presentation of Japanese cuisine. Yamanaka Lacquerware also offers one of its brands, Gatomikio, which has a wide variety of contemporary design items made of matte Fukiurushi (wiped lacquer) work, perfect for creating a contemporary dining table.

Popular Maker


GATO MIKIO was founded in 1908 as Gato Woodworks in Yamanaka Onsen, Ishikawa Prefecture, the town of the potter's wheel.They inherited the philosophy of the woodworkers who used the wheel to carve wood to make bowls, trays, and other woodwork, and have always valued the beautiful grain of the wood and the perfection of the carefully ground wood.And they have made many lacquer ware products with a focus on the perfection of the wood.

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