Honjo Lacquer

In the Honjo/Yuri region, the feudal lord encouraged the cultivation of lacquer trees since the Edo period. Thus, many lacquer artisans used lacquer to paint furniture and fittings for houses. These artisans changed their jobs in the Meiji era and started producing lacquerware. Honjo lacquer was established at the end of the Taisho era when Kitajima Saburou realized that the foot of Mt. Choukai was suitable for wood and lacquer production and unified the regional artisans to develop a full-scale lacquerware industry.
The Honjo lacquer chrysanthemum pattern applies the gold inlay technique to a technique called Kebori (a method to engrave patterns by drawing thin lines). It differs from the conventional gold inlay technique in that it deposits color powder pigments without mixing gold powder, a process that requires a delicate technique. Fireworks have inspired the chrysanthemum pattern. Since its release in 1937, this unique design has remained popular and has become the main design for the products. There are also other patterns besides the chrysanthemum for modern and elegant lacquerware.