Suzutake Lacquerware Studio 会津漆器工房 鈴武
Handcraft your own original lacquerware souvenirs
Join a class at this lacquerware studio and learn how to paint your very own piece of Aizu lacquerware. Create your own design using the distinctive style of makie.
Aizu lacquerware—or Aizu-nuri—is recognised as a Traditional Craftwork of Japan
Makie is a style that uses gold or silver powder for decoration
How to Get There
You can access the studio by train.
From Aizuwakamatsu Station, take a train to Minami-Wakamatsu Station. From there it's an 11- minute walk to the studio, which is located in an industrial park.
Joining a class
The workshop teaches you how to paint designs on bowls, hand mirrors, boxes and trays using the makie style. Anything you create can be taken home with you. Reservations are required. The official website is Japanese, so you'll need to have a Japanese speaker reserve a spot for you if you are not confident with the language.
A quick history
The Aizu lacquerware industry was established in the 16th century, and gained a strong reputation overseas during the Edo period (1603-1867). The distinctive style became known as a luxury good and was highly sought after.