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Japan Wakasa Paint TANAKA HASHITEN
Wakasa Lacquer Noren Pattern Grip Chopsticks

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The beautiful Noren pattern grip serves not only an aesthetic purpose but also a great function (it is slip-resistant).

It is finished with real Wakasa Urushi lacquer (若狭塗).

Product details

●Made in Fukui Prefecture, Japan
●Materials: Natural wood, Urushi lacquer coating
●Dimensions: 22.5 x 0.9x 1.8 cm (8.86" x 0.35" x 0.7")
●Weight: 20g (0.7oz)


History of Wakasa lacquerware
Wakasa lacquerware is said to have started around the years 1596 to 1615, when Sanjuro MATSUURA, a lacquer craftsman working for the Obama domain, designed and produced a lacquerware pattern based on the seabed of Wakasa Bay, using Chinese lacquerware as a reference.
The techniques that are being passed down to this day were perfected between 1658 and 1660. The lord of the Obama domain then named the craft, Wakasa lacquerware, and actively promoted production as a side job among lower-class samurai, ashigaru.

Anything to do with President Obama? 
No, silly. Obama as in Obama-shi (city of Obama, actually pronounced the same as the 44th US president; what a coincidence). 

How to use

DO NOT use in dishwashers.
 

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