Joboji lacquer ware takes its name from the Joboji family that ruled the northern part of Iwate Prefecture during the middle ages; it is also the name of the area. According to local legend, monks were dispatched there from the head temple, when a famous high priest called Gyoki built Tendaiji temple in the area during the Nara-era (710-794).
Lacquer ware techniques were apparently introduced at the time, so that the monks would be able to make their own tableware. A product important to the ruling Nanbu clan during the Edo-era (1600-1868), the making of Joboji lacquer ware spread from around Tendaiji temple to the adjoining area, now known as Ajiro-cho and became known as Oyama-goki ware. This larger area became the foundation of the present production.
Items of lacquer ware, which have been used since ancient times such as soup bowls, rice bowls and lipped bowls, are still being made. Some of the traditional bowls are patterned, but most of them are finished in plain vermilion, black, or a clear lacquer to show off the wood and have a sophisticated mat finish. Perhaps the biggest feature of Joboji ware is its everlasting sense of quality stemming from a use of quality materials. Bowls for soup or rice, trays, and flower vases are the main products today. There is one government recognized Master Craftsman leading this craft among the 28 people employed by the 7 firms found in the area.
All made to order, please allow 4-16 weeks to deliver.