Plates, trays, cups, tea-caddies and anything in between, are artfully carved from katsura timber and then lacquered in several layers and polished to bring out beautiful patterns and shapes. Products usually take about one month to finish, including time for the many layers of lacquer to dry. The resulting product is very durable and can be used for generations if taken proper care of. Traditional designs include lions, peony flowers and various arabesque patterns, but today more modern designs and patterns are also used.
Kamakura-bori originated some 700-800 years ago at the time when Zen Buddhism was being introduced to Japan from China. Several Zen Temples were constructed in Kamakura during this period and Buddhist statues and artifacts were carved by skilled craftsmen who refined and developed the techniques for what would become Kamakura-bori. Today, descendants of the early carvers continue the tradition and explore new ways of expression of the ancient craft.
Hakkodo is the oldest manufacturer of the craft in Kamakura. For 29 generations, the Goto family has been carving Buddhist sculptures and everyday objects in the craftsman tradition of Kamakura-bori. From the Meiji period (1868-) demand for quality craftsmanship led to the development of new techniques and designs and Hakkodo has pioneered modern and bold designs for more contemporary products. In 1900, Hakkodo opened the store at the present location just outside the torii gate at the entrance to the Hachimangu shrine.
At the back of the store, all our products are handmade with techniques and skills passed down through generations. However, in our search for beauty we are not afraid to incorporate new and modern techniques to create art pieces that can be appreciated in the present and hopefully for many generations to come.
Hakkodo Co., Ltd.
2-1-28 Yukinoshita, Kamakura
Tel ＋81 467-22-2429 Fax ＋81 467-23-1566