- Neither metal nor pottery, but “lacquerware” offers another option for tableware.
- In olden times, pottery was nicknamed “china,” and Shikki (lacquerware) was popularly known as “japan.” Japan has long been a world leader in lacquer ware production. Dozens of layers of manually applied lacquer create toughness and beautiful gloss finishes that can compete with those of pottery. The lacquer layering and wiping processes create a special texture featuring a woody flavor. Shikki has long been preferred by the average homeware buyer due to its characteristic of resistance to the pitting and distortion that can affect ordinary woodenware, as well as its high-level technical strength which enables shaping to create a variety of expressions on wooden wares. Shikki has good heat retention and thermal insulation properties, so it can keep hot dishes warm while still being cool and easy to hold, even with hot soup inside. Shikki has a soft touch that is comfortable to the hands, and it imparts pleasant taste without overpowering the flavors of foods and beverages. Unconstrained by tradition, as is the case with Shikki producers in other centers, Edo Shikki has developed into a maker of contemporary tableware for everyday use and has also been actively working on new designs. In addition to chopsticks and bowls, Edo Shikki produces Shikki accessories, including earrings for pierced ears, Kanzashi (ornamental hairpins), and miscellaneous items. The latest challenge has been producing Shikki that utilizes glass materials.
- Tokyo Lacquerware Cooperative Association
Address: 17-11 Matsugaya 3-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo