The Traditional Culture of Ishikawa Prefecture
WAJIMANURI LACQUER WARE
Wajimanuri lacquer ware is a traditional craft form produced in Wajima City in Ishikawa Prefecture, and in 1975 was designated a National Traditional Craft Product. Wajimanuri lacquer ware is distinctly characterised by its elegant, yet solid and substantial texture. A thick wooden base is reinforced by being wrapped with fabric soaked in a mixture of kiurushi, or raw lacquer sap, and komenori rice glue, and robustness is achieved by thick application of multiple undercoats of kiurushi and komenori mixed with calcined diatomaceous earth.
Kanazawa has its own unique style of kimono, the Kaga Yuzen. It is characterised by what are known as the five colours of Kaga, which are five sedate colours – crimson, indigo, chrome yellow, dark green and royal purple – used in detailed depictions of fine patterns incorporating birds, flowers and other natural scenes, as in nihonga, Japan’s own unique painting style.
ENJOY THE FLAVOURS AND CULTURE OF ISHIKAWA IN TOKYO
The Ishikawa Hyakumangoku Story and Edo Headquarters, an ‘antenna’ store showcasing the diversity of Ishikawa’s attractions, opened in October 2014 in Ginza in Tokyo. It is a comprehensive public relations hub in Japan’s capital city featuring the history, traditional culture, tourism and food of Ishikawa Prefecture. The store has three floors and offers over 1,900 varieties of product, including local sake, Kaga vegetables and other foodstuffs, Wajimanuri, and cosmetics incorporating gold leaf. It also has counters with information about relocating to the region and tourist information, and eating spaces offering Noto beef steak don on rice, and gold leaf infused coffee.
ISHIKAWA HYAKUMANGOKU STORY AND EDO HEADQUARTERS Address: TH Ginza Building, 2-2-18 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo