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Shibata Shikki Co.,Ltd.

Shop which was founded in 1926 and sells Takaoka-Shikki lacquerware

We produce, wholesale, and sell lacquerware, art works, craftworks, custom-made articles, and processed goods with engraved names. 

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Summary of Takaoka-Shikki lacquerware
The history of Takaoka-Shikki lacquerware started in the beginning of the 17th century, after the second lord of the Kaga Domain, Toshinaga Maeda, founded the town of Takaoka. In order to lay the foundations for the castle town, he gathered craftsmen and merchants from all over the country.
Oba Shozaemon moved from Oba Village of Arakawa-gun (present day Oba, Toyama City) to Takaoka Sashimonoyacho (later, Himonoyacho), where he created cabinetry such as Buddhist altars, chests of drawers, and nagamochi trunks from the beginning of the Edo period. As most of these items were painted in reddish brown, they were called “akamono (meaning red things).”
This lacquerware, akamono, was sold not only around Takaoka, but throughout the Kaetsuno Sanshu region (Kaga, Ecchu, and Noto) in Toyama prefecture, and was said to have even been distributed as far as Echigo and Hokkaido.
Hachibei and Tanpo Tsuji were lacquerware craftsmen who worked actively in the middle of the Edo Period. They invented Japanese lacquer work techniques such as Iromakie (gold or silver colored lacquerware), Mokushu (wood carving), Tsuishu (red lacquerware with patterns carved in relief), and Tsuikoku (carved black lacquer effect). The craftsmen are called the originators of real craft lacquerware in Takaoka. Furthermore, in the late Edo Period, master craftsmen with excellent wood carving and lacquer painting skills such as Tozo Tonamiya and Koemon Itaya appeared. You can see their techniques on Takaoka Mikurumayama (floats). Furthermore, from the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate to the Meiji Period, various coating techniques such as Yusuke-nuri, Sabiire, and Raden were invented, and the area's foundations as a lacquerware production area were established. In September 1975, Takaoka-Shikki was designated as a "Traditional Craft" by the Japanese government.

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