Traditional Arts Crafts

sugaru Lacquer Ware [Tsugarunuri]

津軽塗(sugaru Lacquer Ware [Tsugarunuri])

Tsugarunuri has over 300 year’s history. It is a typical example of the traditional art crafts in Aomori prefecture which create and sell mainly Hirosaki. Tsugarunuri takes over 2 month to make because it have to be coated with lacquer liquid dozens of times and sharpen on a whetstone to make patterns.
These are traditional techniques such as Kara-nuri, Nanako-nuri, Monsha-nuri, and Nishiki-nuri. Tsugaru Lacquer ware was designated as traditional products of Japan in 1975 and it is well known in Hirosaki City and various regions in and out of Aomori Prefectures as well as Hirosaki.

Kogin-zashi Embroidery

こぎん刺し(Kogin-zashi Embroidery)

Kogin-zashi Embroidery is a traditional old needlework technology in the Tsugaru region, Aomori prefecture. This name derived from working clothes was called Kogin by Tsugaru people. Stitch the cloth with needle and make geometrical patterns. There are some interesting pattern names such as “Nekono Managu (cat’s eye), IshiDatami (stone pavement), Hanako (flower), Bego (cow) and Uroko (scale)” which means Kogin zashi was closely relates to Tshugaru People’s everyday life.

Akebi-vine Basketry

あけび蔓細工(Akebi-vine Basketry)

Akebi-vine Basketry is a traditional handcraft of the foot of Mt. Iwaki, Hirosaki. Especially the basket which are woven from the Akebi vines. There are many ways of weave and this craft’s characteristics are durable and warm mind of nature.



BUNACO is wooden crafts that thin beech tree tapes are coiled, and slide bit by bit by hands in individual way. Sophisticated design bowls, lamps and other interiors have the warmth of a tree and it is attracted not only Japan but also the whole world.

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