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Create Your Own Lacquerware Masterpiece to Take Home
Go hands-on with one of Japan’s most beautiful and time-honored crafts
Lacquer, an ancient material, still fascinates us today.
Your gaze sinks into its endless glossy depths, as your fingertips caress its delightfully smooth finish. Sabae City in Fukui, a short trip from Kyoto, is home to the 1,500-year-old artistic tradition of Echizen lacquer. Here, you can watch master artisans at work, and even take part in the process yourself with three hands-on workshops to choose from: e-tsuke (painting a design with a brush), chinkin (carving a design with a knife), and fuku-urushi (applying lacquer to the wooden base). Please note that workshops need to be booked at least two days in advance.
Once you’ve completed your personal masterpiece, head over to the gallery and see magnificent festival floats, handmade by local craftsmen using techniques passed down from generation to generation. Sabae is 90 minutes by train from Kyoto.
approx. 60 min. or more