MATSUKAN SOUND OF THE SEA SHELL INLAY HALF-COATED WAKASA LACQUERWARE SET OF TWO PAIRS OF CHOPSTICKS 23 CM (9.1 IN) / 21 CM (8.3 IN) WITH CHOPSTICK RESTS (SET OF TWO)
¥15,000

Matsukan Sound of the Sea Shell Inlay Half-Coated Wakasa Lacquerware Set of Two Pairs of Chopsticks 23 cm (9.1 in) / 21 cm (8.3 in) with Chopstick Rests (Set of Two)

JPY ¥15,000

Only 15 pieces in stock!

These chopsticks from Matsukan's Sound of the Sea series are half-coated, allowing the natural wood grain and color to be visible. Lightweight and easy to use, they feature a technique called raden, where shimmering mother-of-pearl is embedded into the lacquer coating. The chopstick rests are crafted in the form of a seashell-shaped rakugan, a traditional Japanese confection.

After an initial ten layers of natural lacquer, shell inlays are placed on the surface. Then, twenty more coats are applied for added shine and durability. Immaculately polished, the mother-of-pearl inlays reveal a gentle shine on red and a contrasting glimmer on black.

Presented in a paulownia box, the lid features elegant Japanese calligraphy displaying the characters "Sound of the Sea" alongside curved blue lines representing waves of the ocean. Whether chosen as a splendid self-gift or as an exquisite present for a special occasion, these chopsticks are certain to bring joy.

Matsukan, based in Obama City, Fukui Prefecture, is a leading producer of chopsticks rooted in the traditional craft of Wakasa lacquerware. Since 1922, Matsukan has focused exclusively on chopstick manufacturing, blending intricate artistry and lasting craftsmanship with contemporary design.

PRODUCT DETAIL

  • Quantity: Set of two pairs of chopsticks and two chopstick rests
  • Dimension: [Chopsticks] L 23 cm (9.1 in) / L 21 cm (8.3 in) / [Chopstick rest] 4.5 cm (1.8 in) x  H 1 cm (0.4 in)
  • Box: W 13 cm (5.1 in) x L 27 cm (10.6 in) x H 2.5 cm (1 in)
  • Material: [Chopsticks] Wood, mother-of-pearl / [Chopstick rest] Porcelain
  • Coating: Lacquer
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Wakasa lacquerware, Hasami ware
  • Brand: Matsukan

 

MATSUKAN SOUND OF THE SEA SERIES

The Sound of the Sea is a new series created by Matsukan, utilizing the traditional Wakasa lacquerware craft that has been passed down for approximately 400 years since the Edo period.The chopstick rest in this series is modeled after the seashell-shaped rakugan, a traditional Japanese confection from the long-established sweets shop Iseya in Obama. The mother-of-pearl emits a colorful and enchanting glow, and the seashell-shaped chopstick rest seems to produce the sound of the sea. 

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ABOUT MATSUKAN WAKASA LACQUER CHOPSTICKS

Matsukan has been dedicated to the art of crafting exquisite lacquered chopsticks for the past 100 years. Located in Obama City, renowned for its lacquered chopsticks industry deeply rooted in the local Wakasa lacquerware tradition, Matsukan has passionately infused excitement to many through their chopsticks.

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ABOUT WAKASA LACQUER CHOPSTICKS

Wakasa lacquer chopsticks are traditional lacquered chopsticks from Obama City, Fukui Prefecture, with a history of about 400 years. It currently accounts for more than 80% of the national share of domestically produced lacquered chopsticks. Wakasa lacquer chopsticks was designated as a "traditional craft" on February 6, 1978 in recognition of its advanced techniques. It is characterized by their unique three-dimensional patterns created by applying layers of colored lacquer made of shells and eggshells. It was sometimes called "jewel lacquering" because of the noble shine of the patterns that represented the ocean floor.

Today, you can find a wide variety of Wakasa lacquer chopsticks, some handmade using traditional methods, some made using transfer sheets, and some made using dishwasher-safe paints. Enjoy choosing the chopsticks that best suit your lifestyle.

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