Peeled Cherry Bark Wares: sakura-kawa-zaiku

Cherry bark work (sakura-kawa-zaiku) is a handicraft from Akita prefecture in the north- eastern part of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It uses peeled cherry bark from mountain cherry trees (yamazakura) to make items such as small plates, tea caddies or letter cases.

Cherry Bark letter case lid
Cherry Bark letter case lid

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Nambu cast iron ware, Morioka

Morioka city, Kitakami river
Morioka city, Kitakami river

 I  spent a few days participating in the Japan Writers conference and basking in the glorious autumn sunshine and open blue sky in the charming old castle town of Morioka, Iwate prefecture.  (October, 2014). Continue reading Nambu cast iron ware, Morioka

Kutani ware tea set, Shoza style

Kutani tea set 1
Kutani tea set

This brilliantly colored Shoza style Kutani porcelain tea set originates from Ishikawa prefecture. Continue reading Kutani ware tea set, Shoza style