~Past Event ~
of the Tsugaru Region (Northern Japan), Tsugaru nuri can be traced to the local innovation of lacquer techniques for samurai
armor and sword scabbards in the Edo period. Tsugaru nuri patterns
emerge through multiple lacquer (urushi) applications. Up to
forty separate layers are applied. Sanding and polishing processes
follow revealing the delicate designs and leaving a brilliant gloss.
(Photos courtesy of Mr. Kozo Fujino)
nuri craftsman, Mr. Kozo Fujino was born in Hirosaki City. At
age 28, he began the study of lacquerware and has continued to study
lacquering techniques for the past 30 years.
From the early 1990s, the unique character and high quality of Mr.
Fujino's lacquer work has been consistently recognized in exhibitions
and competitions throughout Japan. He has won awards locally, taking
prizes consistently at the prefectural Tsugaru Nuri Superior Works
Exhibition, as well as nationally, including top prizes at numerous
competitions from 1995 on.
Mr. Fujino was certified as a Traditional Crafts Master in 1996 by
the Japanese government and presently serves as the head of the Tsugaru
Lacquerware Preservation Society, which is currently working to catalogue
over 500 heretofore unknown Edo-period Tsugaru lacquerware patterns
that were recently-discovered in Hirosaki.
Mr. Fujino continues to produce lacquer ware pieces across a range
of patterns and functional uses at his studio in Hirosaki City.
During the two-day Aki Matsuri event, Mr. Fujino exhibited his
Tsugaru nuri pieces and gave on-going demonstrations.
courtesy of Mr. Kozo Fujino)
Anthony S. Rausch
Tsugaru District Researcher, Professor Anthony S. Rausch (PhD) is an Associate
Professor of Hirosaki University with ~20 years in the Tsugaru Region as a student, professor, researcher and author.
During the two-day Aki Matsuri event, Professor Rausch gave a
lecture on Tsugaru as one of the last undiscovered areas of
He also conducted a hands-on sanding and polishing workshop producing a lacquer
pendant by each workshop participant.