A handmade Traditional Japanese case that has been finely crafted with sharpened gold. KURO-Urushi is applied to the mixture of wood. (resin 20% mixed with wood powder 80%) HO-RAI-SAN is a legendary mountain in China, where immortal hermits live, pine trees, bamboo trees and plum trees, cranes in the sky, and turtles in the sea. Furthermore, in China, the myth of the giant turtle that supports the heavens and the earth has existed since ancient times, and it is often depicted that the big turtle carries this "Horaiyama" on its back. In Japan, it was incorporated into lacquer crafts during the Heian period and was preferred as a mirror pattern during the Kamakura period. The production period is six months. It was made by Yukihiko Nakayama, a Kaga lacquer artist. A lacquer work that uses a large amount of gold powder.
HISTORY & FEATURES of Yamanaka lacquerware
The origin of Yamanaka lacquerware can be traced to the late 16th century. A woodturner who moved to Manago Village (present-day Yamanaka-onsen) brought woodturning techniques to the area. Some Manago villagers moved to Yamanaka to make their living by selling wooden products to hot-spring visitors. At first, these products were made of white wood with no lacquer. In the mid 18th century, famous master craftsmen were invited from all over Japan to introduce various techniques including sensujibiki (thousand-line engraving), shudamenuri (vermillion lacquer coated with transparent lacquer), and komanuri (concentric circles in different colors). With this shift from making mere souvenirs to creating artistic pieces, Yamanaka lacquerware became an authentic local industry. Woodturning skill is the most distinctive feature of Yamanaka lacquerware. Fuki-urushi, a lacquering technique that highlights the beauty of the wood grain, is also a feature of Yamanaka lacquerware.