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Enchange Exhibition_Kishu Lacquerware from Japan

Kishu Lacquerware was first produced in the Kuroe district, located in the northwest section of Kainan City, Wakayama Prefecture. It is known as one of top three lacquerware centers, along with Aizu lacquerware (Fukushima Prefecture) and Yamanaka / Wajima lacquerware (Ishikawa Prefecture). The history of Kishu Lacquerware is said to have begun with the Shibuji bowl made by a Kishu Kijishi during the Muromachi Period. In addition, the Buddhist monks in Negoro-ji (currently Iwade City) produced their own temple furnishings, such as tables, bowls, trays, and small shrines. This has also been called one of the origins of Kishu Lacquerware.