The Luxurious & Historical Journey of Wajima
Wajima is a port city located at Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture.
This place is famous for their traditional lacquerware with natural undercoat that can only be found in Wajima. A Wajima lacquerware (輪島塗 Wajima Nuri) has to go through an extensive process of a hundred stages before its ready, visit the Wajima Lacquerware Museum to learn more about it!
The beautiful finishing and durability of a Wajima Lacquerware made it a sought after luxury item to have in Japanese homes, and only reserved for special occasions. That being said, one can imagine the cost of it alone but you can always look for any local seafood restaurant that serves “Noto Don” to experience the brief luxurious moment of eating from a Wajima lacquerware. Noto Don is a raw seafood rice bowl that uses seasonal freshly caught seafood from around Noto Peninsula.
Wajima is also famous for their morning market, there are also many souvenir shops along the same street, where you can purchase premium lacquerware to bring back home.
During weekend evenings, there’s a free cultural show at the Wajima Kiriko Art Museum, that features Wajima historic Gojinjo Taiko Drumming (御陣乗太鼓) performance, it’s said to have protected Wajima shores from invaders.
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