Makie Painting at Suzutake Workshop

Makie Painting at Suzutake Workshop

Suzutake workshop tours began in the 1950s as a way of providing families with a chance to learn about the history and artistry of lacquerware. Even today, visitors are able to actually see artisans at work at three key stages of the Aizu lacquerware making process: 1) applying a base layer of unrefined lacquer or astringent liquid to wood; 2) adding additional layers of lacquer in a desired style, and 3) adding hand-drawn delicate designs ('makie') using either colored lacquer or gold and silver power (a technique called 'Sunken gold makie'). Visitors can also take part in a makie-painting experience.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttp://suzutake.net(Japanese)
Contact

Suzutake

(+81) 242 27 4818

aizu@suzutake.net

Best SeasonAll Year
Opening Hours

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Irregular holidays

ParkingAvailable (Spaces for large vehicles also available)
Entrance FeeFree to look around the workshop. (There is a fee for the makie painting experience)
Related infoMakie painting experience
Experience must be booked in advance.
Experience is run between 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM.
Makie painting takes around 40 min.
Access Details
AccessAizu Shikki Kogyo Danchi-nai 1973-4, Ichinoseki, Monden-machi, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref. 965-0844
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Getting there

By Car: 15 min drive from the Aizu-Wakamatsu I.C. exit off the Ban-etsu Expressway

By Train: 10 min walk from Minami-Wakamatsu Sta. (JR Tadami Line), or a 20 min taxi ride from Aizu-Wakamatsu Sta.

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