Wakasa-nuri chopsticks are traditional handicraft of Obama City, Fukui
Prefecture. Its history dates back to the Edo-era (1603-1867). Its unique patterns, like constellations, express the sea bottom of Wakasa Bay. What makes it unique is the way it's made, where pieces of seashells or
eggshells are pasted on the lacquered surface and various colors of lacquer are applied again and again, as many as over ten times. Then grinding is
done carefully before polishing. It takes about 3 months to finish a pair of chopsticks. The combination of white brightness of sea shell pieces and scattered gold powder on the carefully finished chopsticks creates an elegant atmosphere where gentle waves sounding on the beach can be heard.
Wakasa-nuri lacquered chopsticks were specified as the Traditional Craft Product by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Mr. Furui Masahiro is the only artisan in Obama who is a certified craftsman by the government. His chopsticks are desirable, and it is hard to get these. You can see points, which people called "crane's beak." This page contains 10 his works (1-10) and 2 casual chopsticks (11,12).
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