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Aizu Lacquerware Pine, Bamboo and Plum Chopsticks

Aizu Lacquerware Pine, Bamboo and Plum Chopsticks

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Experience a new style of everyday dining with these Aizu Lacquerware Pine, Bamboo and Plum Chopsticks. Each chopstick, meticulously handcrafted by the skilled artisans of Fukunishi-Sobe Shoten, embodies a timeless symbol of prosperity and longevity in Japanese culture. The delicate maki-e design features the revered trio of pine, bamboo, and plum, each representing strength, resilience, and perseverance in the face of adversity. This auspicious motif adds a touch of serenity and cultural significance to your table setting.

By embracing innovation, they offer contemporary pieces like these Pine, Bamboo and Plum Chopsticks. The result is a seamless blend of tradition and modernity, where everyday rituals are transformed into moments of mindful appreciation for both artistry and cultural heritage.


Size: 23cm
Material: Natural wood
Coating: Urushi Lacquer, hand-painted

Care & Use

  • Handwash only
  • Keep it dry
  • Avoid metal scrubs or abrasive detergents
  • Store safely
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A Legacy Lacquered in Time

Aizu lacquerware, a dazzling testament to Japanese craftsmanship, boasts a rich history deeply intertwined with the region of Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture. Its captivating story stretches back over 400 years, beginning under the reign of the revered Lord Ujisato Gamo. Recognizing the potential of this art form, Lord Gamo actively fostered lacquerware production within Aizu. Skilled artisans, particularly woodworkers, were brought in from his previous domain in Omi (present-day Shiga Prefecture). This influx of expertise ignited a spark that would forever transform Aizuwakamatsu. Under the watchful eyes of successive feudal lords, lacquerware flourished in Aizu. Through their dedication, Aizu lacquerware blossomed into a defining industry for the entire Aizu region. From intricate bowls and elegant trays to ornately decorated furniture, Aizu lacquerware became renowned for its exceptional quality and captivating beauty.

Despite facing a devastating setback during the Boshin War of the late Edo period, the spirit of Aizu lacquerware never truly faltered. The artisans of Aizuwakamatsu, with unwavering resolve, rebuilt their craft and reignited the flames of tradition. Today, Aizu lacquerware continues to thrive in Fukushima, a testament to the enduring spirit of its artisans. Modern techniques have been skillfully integrated, allowing the art form to evolve while remaining true to its centuries-old heritage. Each piece crafted in Aizuwakamatsu carries the weight of history, a vibrant symbol of the region's cultural legacy. With a commitment to preserving tradition while embracing innovation, Aizu lacquerware ensures its place as a coveted treasure for generations to come.

Brand History

Steeped in the rich natural beauty of Fukushima Prefecture, Aizu-Wakamatsu City stands as the vibrant heart of the Aizu region. This charming castle town, crowned by the majestic red-tiled Tsurugajo Castle, is a treasure trove of history. From long-standing shops and traditional warehouses to elegant gardens once enjoyed by feudal lords, a captivating sense of nostalgia permeates the air. Here, amidst this backdrop steeped in history, resides Fukunishi-Sobe Shoten, a fourth-generation lacquerware manufacturer and wholesaler with a remarkable 100-year legacy. 

Established in 1919 by Sobe Fukunishi I, who branched from the long-established Fukunishi Honke family, the shop has proudly carried the torch of Aizu lacquerware for over a century.

Fukunishi-Sobe Shoten remains dedicated to preserving the age-old traditions of Aizu lacquerware, ensuring its legacy endures in our fast-paced world. While honoring the exquisite craftsmanship of the past, they also embrace innovation.  Their offerings extend beyond classic Aizu lacquerware, featuring contemporary pieces that seamlessly blend tradition and modernity, catering to the evolving preferences of modern lifestyles and bringing the beauty of traditional lacquerware back into homes.