“HIGHLIGHTING Japan” is an official monthly online magazine to promote understanding of Japan for the people around the world, with variety of themes.
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#168 May 2022BEAUTIFUL AND DURABLE JAPANESE LACQUER
Lacquer has been deeply connected to the culture and lives of Japanese people since ancient times. Sourced from the sap of the lacquer tree, lacquer has long been used to coat everyday wooden utensils such as bowls and tools, and since at least the eighth century, it has also been used for the creation of ornamental boxes and objects of art. Lacquerware has excellent practical and decorative qualities, and with advances in technology lacquer is now even applied to industrial goods on non- wooden surfaces such as camera bodies and watches. In this month’s issue of Highlighting Japan, we zoom in on some examples of the beauty and durability of Japanese lacquer.