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Aizu Lacquerware Spearflower Soup Bowl with Lid

Aizu Lacquerware Spearflower Soup Bowl with Lid

Regular price $39.00 USD
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Invest in a touch of timeless elegance and auspicious symbolism with the Aizu Lacquerware Spearflower Soup Bowl with Lid. This captivating piece, meticulously crafted by the esteemed artisans of Fukunishi-Sobe Shoten, elevates everyday meals into occasions imbued with cultural significance. The deep, lustrous lacquer provides a stunning backdrop for the hand-painted yabukouji (or spearflower) maki-e design adorning the lid. This motif, featuring vibrant spearflowers, is a cherished symbol of good luck in Japanese culture, adding a touch of auspicious beauty to your table setting.

Dedicated to preserving the age-old traditions of this art form, their skilled artisans meticulously hand-paint each yabukouji maki-e design, ensuring the legacy of this auspicious symbolism thrives in the modern world. This exquisite piece seamlessly blends tradition and modernity, allowing you to elevate your culinary experiences and introduce a touch of elegance and good fortune into your daily rituals.


Size: W 5.1in x L 5.1in x H 4.5in / W 13cm x L 13cm x H 11.5cm
(H 8.5cm when the lid is removed)
Material: Phenolic wood powder resin
Coating: Urethane coating

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.