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『ガンバレ!輪島漆器 わじま蔵出し市』開催のお知らせ
On March 25 this year a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Wajima, destroying much of this town famous for its fine lacquer ware.

Located on the Japan Sea in Ishikawa Prefecture, Wajima has been producing fine lacquer ware for 600 years and is renown as the top centre of Japanese traditional lacquer ware. The catastrophe of 25 March 2007 destroyed shops, homes, and kura (old storehouses of mud and wattle construction used to store finished pieces of lacquer ware). Most significantly, many of the craftsmen‘s workshops were severely damaged. To help in the revival of Wajima a special market is to be held from July 12 to 17. The event is produced by JOMON-SHA (www.handmadejapan.com) with the assistance of Hiroshi Kato, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties; Koichi Kabayama, Urushi Gallery J&C; Emiko Kono, Gallery Suigyoku; Ori Koyama, Interior Stylist; Hiroko Takamori, Space Takamori; Kaoru Hagiwara, former chief editor of GINKA ; Akiko Hino, Studio Boke; and Kazu Watanabe, TALK & TCS.

An extraordinary assortment of Wajima lacquer ware!

During Wajima Market Week 25 craftsmen and manufacturers are offering hundreds of pieces saved from damaged kura. Some of the items have been sitting so long in the kura that they are old enough to be classified as antiques. Others are modern pieces, many of which are by the top names in Wajima lacquer. Besides soup bowls decorated in the intricate techniques of makie as shown in the photos on the left, there will be various other tableware, trays, and such tea ceremony goods as containers for tea and incense.
Wajima Market Week provides an unprecedented opportunity to acquire outstanding examples of lacquer ware at special prices. The proceeds will go towards reviving the lacquer ware industry.

Wajima Market Week
7.12 - 7.17, 2007 10:30 ~ 19:00
Living Design Center OZONE
3-7-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Shinjuku Park Tower 6F (Park Hyatt Tokyo)

Exhibiters: Isaburo Kado, Kunikatsu Seto, Toshio Ebata, Hiroyuki Yoshida and more

    For further information, jpegs or samples for photography, please contact:
Yuko Yokoyama, President
TEL 03-5467-2112 FAX 03-5766-8248
http://www.handmadejapan.com yuko@handmadejapan.com

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