Urushi no Tsunesaburo Pontocho Shop

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    Urushi no Tsunesaburo Pontocho Shop

    Passing down the traditional culture through making lacquer ware

    “I would like to introduce Japanese lacquer ware to more people.  They suit Japanese cuisine, emit a warm texture and are gentle when touching the mouth,” the owner proudly says.  Tunesaburo Oshima, a makie artist (decorative work using gold and silver on lacquer wears), established the shop in 1926 and it has been producing and selling their work in cooperation with wood, base painting, lacquer painting and makie artisans.  A variety of original lacquer ware is available at an affordable price for the younger generation, such as chopsticks (from 500 yen) and bowls (from 1,850 yen).  The photo is of a small box (5,900 yen).“More and more people are becoming distant from lacquer ware so the artisans are growing fewer.  I would like to encourage people to use lacquer ware in order to preserve the traditional culture,” the third generation Koji Ohshima says.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC. Introduced in Hiru, Gion wa Tanoshi magazine, Fujin-gaho, August issue, 2014.  *Information is subject to change.


    Name Urushi no Tsunesaburo Pontocho Shop
    Address Nabeya-cho, Pontocho-dori Shijo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-211-0678
    Hours 12:00-20:00
    Closed Irregularly