Lacquerware refers to items of craft made from wood, paper, or other materials that have had layers of lacquer (Japanese sumac) applied. The two traditional lacquerwares of Iwate are called Hidehira-nuri and Joboji-nuri. Hidehira-nuri was developed when Fujiwara Hidehira ordered craftsmen he had invited from Kyoto to create their own lacquerware, and it is recognized by its bold designs and exquisite taste in color using black, vermillion, and gold. Joboji-nuri has its roots in tableware made by the monks of Tendaiji temple. Much of it is plain and unadorned, with a deep gloss finish able to withstand the rigors of prolonged use.
Address: Production areas: Morioka-shi, Takizawa-shi, Ninohe-shi, Hachimantai-shi, Hanamaki-shi, Ichinoseki-shi, Oshu-shi, and Hiraizumi-machi in Iwate Prefecture
Airport: Hanamaki Airport