Travelers’ Treasures / Wave Bowl (Wave-shaped bowls)

Japanese lacquerware is also called “Japan ware.” One of Japan’s world-famous lacquer producing areas is the city of Wajima on the Noto Peninsula.

For this product, new Wajima lacquerware has been created using as a theme the waves of the Sea of Japan that the city overlooks.

The randomly placed waves on the edges are individually handmade by craftsmen who carry on the tradition.

When looked at exactly from the side, they indeed look like bulging waves. They bear various hues, with honshu (carmine), araishu (orange), urumi (wine red), and kuro (black) urushi applied to express the morning, midday, evening, and midnight suns, respectively. The designs are in harmony with not only Japanese food but also cuisine from around the world.

These bowls, which are made by craftsmen carrying on the Wajima lacquerware techniques, go through over 130 stages of production and convey not only the Sea of Japan but also a unique Japanese attention to detail.

Price: ¥36,720 for a 24-centimeter bowl

Manufacturer: Tohachiya Honten in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture (

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