Wajima is a city located in Ishikawa prefecture,
the north part of Noto peninsula, facing the Sea of Japan.
The city has an estimated population of approximately 32,000
and benefits from a deep coexistence with nature. A long time ago,
Japan used to be called "Wa" by the surrounding countries of China and Korea.
Ｔhe name originated when a Chinese ambassador, adrift at sea,
landed at the top of Noto peninsula by chance and renamed the island
"Wajima", which means the Island of "Wa".
Wajima is famous for its lively Morning Market, which started 1000 years ago.
People in Wajima benefit from rich natural resources, such as pure water
from the mountains and salt from the Sea of Japan.
Their lifestyle is selling marine products, rice cultivation,
brewing sake, and the art of Japanese Lacquer.
On 25 March 2007, a severe magnitude 6.9 Noto Peninsula earthquake
caused very serious damage in Wajima and its industries.
The Wajima x Kakitsubata project was then started,
to help reconstruct and support their traditional industries and reinvigorate the city.
We believe that it would be a great opportunity to introduce many people to the chef
industries of Wajima which are Wajima-nuri (Japanese lacquer), and Sake brewing.
Urushi (Japanese Lacquer)
Urushi (Japanese Lacquer) is made from the sap of the Urushi tree, Rhus verniciflua.
Urushiware uses multiple coats and is therefore very durable and beautiful,
capable of lasting many centuries.
Urushi has been used as an adhesive agent or glue from the Stone Age.
During the Jomon
bowls and archery bows are early examples of objects made using Urushi.
Wajima is famous for its own Urushi technique called "Wajima-nuri"
which has earned a reputation for the best quality Japanese Lacquer.
This process of applying Urushi is the most complex; there are as many
as 124 steps on the wooden core, all needing to be of consistent high quality.
Wajima-nuri production is conducted by expert craftsmen and totally by hand.
We would like to keep this wonderful Japanese tradition and to introduce
new works along the theme of "Tableware".
We welcome you to enjoy and appreciate the beauty and elegance of Wajima-nuri.
* The Jomon period is the time in Japanese prehistory from approximately 14,000 BC to 300 BC
Noto peninsula, where Wajima is located, is also famous for Japanese Sake (rice wine).
Made from only the best quality Rice, Water and Malt,
their famous brewery techniques are handed down through each generation.
There are theories that the history of sake brewing can be traced
back to the 3rd century during the Yayoi
period, with the advent of wet
rice cultivation. Sake in Wajima is called "Kanzukuri" and is always prepared during winter time.
The cold season is ideal for sake brewing and the best quality sake is made during this time of year.
The damage of the traditional Sake breweries due to the earthquake far exceeds out imagination,
the warehouse collapses, and sake flows out, and all sake breweries in Wajima
and us aims the revivals to introduce the quality of their Sake.
* The Yayoi period is an era in the history of Japan from about 300 B.C. to A.D. 250.
The family has run Nushiya (The producer of Urushiware) since the end of
period in Wajima.
In 1929, the founder, Kyuko Kirimoto, established Hokijiya
His son, Toshihei with capital investment, started producing Furniture in Wajima-nuri,
such as low tableｓ, display shelfs, Tsuitate(a single-leaf wooden screen to partition a room),
folding screen. Taiichi, the son of Toshihei, is trying to reintroduce Japanese
Lacquer for daily use, keeping the traditions of Wajima.
* The Edo period, also called Tokugawa period, is a division of Japanese history running from 1603 to 1868.
* Kijiya is a traditional craftsman who is manufacturing wooden cores for Lacquerware by lathe.
* Hokijiya use Ho (Magnolia obovata) for their products.
Shinichi Shioyasu / Shioyasu Shikki Kobo (Shioyasu Urushiware studio)
Chuzaemon Shioyasu started Nushiya about 150 years ago, and Shinichi is fifth generation.
Masanojo, the third generation, started Wajima-nuri- wan-ko (door-to-door sales),
and are the only family still keeping this tradition. Now the Lacquer studio has opened to the public and people can visit and look at the process of Wajima-nuri. People could purchase tableware, furniture, accessories at the shop next to the studio. He tries to produce Wajima-nuri in both new and traditional approach with authentic skill.
Kazutaka Furukomi / Jikichi
Born in a Nurishi family. He was fascinated by the Chinkin technique, studying under shinji Itaya, a famous craftsman of Chinkin. In 1998, he became an independent Chinkin-shi (craftsman of Chinkin) producing all processes of making Wajima-nuri, such as design, painting, and decoration. He has joined group exhibitions, receiving nominations and winning many prizes on the other hand, he also tries to introduce Chinkin techniques to the next generation.
Member of Wajima Craft Association, Associate Member of Japanese Craft
Takashi Wakamiya / Hikojyu Makie
In 1984, he held a position at Nushiya, and studied Makie
Urushi undercoating, and dry lacqueredtechnique as his basic technique.
From 1990, he started planting Urushi trees for his own sap supply.
He regularly examines old techniques to apply to his own work and with the aim of
passing these ideas down to the next generation. He is enthusiastic about finding
the possibility of allure and beauty in Japanese Lacquerware.
Collections could be viewed at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London,
and Museum fur Lackkunst (the Lacquer Art Museum) in Germany
* Makie is one of the most common techniques for adding ornamental designs to lacquered surfaces. Pictures are drawn with lacquer on the surface of a piece with a brush, and, before they dry, gold or silver powder is sprinkled over the pictures.
2002 graduated Kingston University BA Furniture and Product Design in the UK
2004 graduated Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College MA in the UK Furniture Design & Technology
Based in London, becoming a freelance designer after graduation from her MA course. Also working as a journalist, and for 2007 joining Tent London, a new design exhibition. She tries to fuse European and Japanese ideas, with designs for daily life and special occasions. Strength and fragileness are reflected in her design work.
2004 Trophy Tableware exhibited as part of the Mo-billy group exhibition at Milan Salone Satellite
Kayoko Saeki / Yuzen Dyeing Artist
2000 Graduated Tsukuba University in Japan, School of Art and Design (Plastic Arts and Mixed Media course)
After graduation of the college, she has been working as an interior decorator and photographer assistant.
Since then she has trained in the Yuzen Dyeing
Kimonos in Kyoto from 2004. In 2007, she started being Yuzen Dyeing Artist.
She tries to pursuit the possibilities of Yuzen Dye techniques, and adopts these not only
for Kimono patterns, but also for products or objects.
* Yuzen Dyeing is one of most famous dye techniques in Japan. Miyazaki Yuzen invented the technique in the middle of Edo period (around 1700), and has been the ultimate art of kimono dyeing ever since.
Bandai Matsuo, Kentaro Kai, Kozo Shimoyama / Mile / Design Project
2000-2003 Graduated Tsukuba University in Japan, School of Science and Engineering, School of Information, School of Art and Design; Architectural Design
Three people who has a different field specialists formed "Mile". The range of activity extended to being involved in the human aspect of various special fields of study. Culture is created by realizing the product and space from each viewpoint that is comfortable.
2006 Winning Good Design Award "Something to Touch"
1999 Graduated from Osaka University of Arts, majoring in Space design at the Department of Design
2002 Established "TERUHIRO YANAGIHARA/ISOLATION UNIT"
The "isolation unit" is defined as a principle of personal relativity, not as the concept of a unit.
The work is not just the object being created as a product itself; it develops with the simple view
that the circumstances surrounding the work are the important elements of the design.
2007 Winning Muji Award 01 "Cover It/Flower Vase"
Sake Brewery Company
Shimizu SAKE Brewery Company
"Notohomare" is named after Noto peninsula, where the brewery is located, and "Homare" means glory.
Their first owner, who was once the Toji (the chief brewer at a sake brewery),
wished to produce the highest quality of Sake from their brewery.
Nakshima SAKE Brewery Company
Nakshima SAKE Brewery is located in the town of Fugeshimachi
where there is a local shrine for "Fugeshihikonomikoto" (name of the god for Sake in Wajima).
"Suehiro" means prosperity of the family, which their Sake is named after.
Nakano SAKE Brewery Company
A Japanese belief is that cranes live to 1000 years, and turtles live for 10,000 years.
The "Kameizumi" brand name is coined from the word 'turtle' and 'spring',
Nakano SAKE Brewery Company wishes their customers a long and happy life when drinking their sake.
Nakano SAKE Brewery Company
Jirosaburo, the 23rd generation of their family, and founder of Nakano SAKE Brewery Company,
had the idea of producing sake from the rice in Wajima,
and started brewing sake with natural spring water from Wakakuwa Mountain.
Hakuto SAKE Brewery Company
"Shiragiku", named after their Yago
of "Shirakabeya", and "giku (or kiku)" is from
"kikuzake (sake made with kiku)". "kiku (chrysanthemum)"is a name of a Japanese flower,
and we believe it to have the power to protect against evils.
Hakuto SAKE Brewery Company is a family run business, and trying to brew unique sake,
trading since the Edo period.
* Yago is literally meaning "house name", is a term applied in traditional
Japanese culture to names passed down within a guild, studio, or other
circumstance other than blood relations.
Hiyoshi SAKE Brewery
The founder of Hiyoshi SAKE Brewery once had a dream about a white horse
carrying a gold gourd (Japanese used to use a gourd as a Sake container);
in the dream the horse told the owner to start brewing sake!
"Kinhyo" means a gold gourd, and "Shirakoma" means a white horse,
and the owner named to their sake.
WAJIMA x Kakitsubata director
Planner of "Kakitsubata" and "Kakitsubata Bekkan", as well as a buyer, importer, product development, curator, PR, and shop management for the shops.
Started "Knot" in Seamless inc. Through distribution business, she coordinates designers and products, product planner, development, trade, wholesale trade, promotion and supporting for young designers.