The Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture is mountainous and well forested with a wide variety of trees. The area is famous for its marquetry handicrafts (Hakone Yosegizaiku), which feature geometrical patters showing the natural colors and grains of the wood from these trees.
This craft tradition began in the Hatajuku district of Hakone toward the end of the Edo period. The majority of Yosegizaiku was then made with random or simple patterns using solid pieces of wood, but the more complex pattern gradually became more popular. A new technique was developed in the mid-twentieth century (early Showa period) that involves slicing off the surface of the inlaid wood to create a layer called the zuku. New designs that utilise this technique are still being developed today.
This tortoiseshell design（亀甲） is formed with a collection of different colored hemp (麻の葉) motifs.
These designs have special meanings in Japan. As for the hexagon design, it represents tortoiseshell. We believe that turtle lives for 10,000 years, so the tortoiseshell design is used to express longevity. As for the hemp design, we belive that that motif keeps bad spirits awy from you, so we often use the design for Kimono and clothes etc.
The size of the trays is about 40.5cm wide and the depth of 20.5cm. It is relatively large sized tray.
What an attractive beautiful tray it is!
The price is also reasonable (5,800yen+tax).
The tray is coffee tray size small tray (22.5cm x 14.7cm).
The price is 3,500yen+tax.
There is also slightly wider oval tray
The wideth is 30cm and the price is 4,000yen + tax.
You can put at least 3 cups on the tray.
The process of making Hakone Yosegizaiku.
- Natural-colored pieces of wood are glued together.
- These are cut and put into a mould and then modified with the plane.
- These pieces are glued together and form a single pattern.
- This is cut at a fixed thickness and made into a block.
- The various patterns of the block are then made into a continuous pattern.
- The surface is then sliced off with a plane set at 0.15mm to create the zuku.
- The zuku is stacked on things like small boxes.
- It is finally coated with a clear lacquer.
Should you have any queries or if you are interested in purchasing any of them, please feel free to contact us. We can also ship them overseas by EMS after confirming your payment by PayPal.
How to purchase them?
You can either visit our store in Tokyo or you can send us emails and we can send them overseas by EMS or send them to those designated hotels or places within Japan where you specify after confirming your payment.
Please choose the bowls you want to purchase and we will calculate the cost of EMS (we normally provide cheaper option if it is available) and we will request the payment with Paypal to you by email. We will send it to you right after we confirm your payment.
For domestic delivery within Japan, the shipping cost is only 648yen and it is free when the total goes over 10,800yen.
Contact address is info(at)mabysoshite.com (please change the (at) to @).
Alternatively if you happen to be in Tokyo, you can visit us in Aoyama
How to visit us in Tokyo?
The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro.
If you are a visitor to Japan, please bring your passport, so you can claim for tax free!
MA by So Shi Te
2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,
Tokyo Japan 107–0062
You can also purchase them online (but we currently have only Japanese online stores). But you can check more photos on these online stores.
1. Yahoo store
Small wide tray: http://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/maaoyama/122-29.html
2. Aoyama market
Small wide tray: http://www.aoyamamarket.com/ma/kitchen-others/marquetrytrayL.html