Amazing Ancient Technology of the Beautiful Japanese Hakone Marquetry – Woodworking Skillful

Amazing Ancient Technology of the Beautiful Japanese Hakone Marquetry – Woodworking Skillful

One of the most beautiful forms of art in Japan is the art of inlaying woods known as “marquetry.” It is a typical woodwork which can be found in Hakone, a town in Kanagawa Prefecture. It can often be found on the finest furniture and can also be seen in elaborate patterns and various colors. They are so unique that woodwork of this kind can hardly be found in the country. Hakone, being abundant in woods, makes an ideal location for such kind of unique craftsmanship. Let’s try to learn how this fine art blossomed in Japan through the years.

Yosegi-zaiku is a type of traditional Japanese marquetry which originated during Japan’s culturally rich Edo Period. It can be described as inlaid wood artistry. No dyes or stains are used, rather the artisans choose from the many different types of trees in the area to create different colors and textures in their art. There are over 22 different types of wood used by these artisans; ash, rosewood, walnut, and more.

Yosegi are commonly found on the outside of Japanese secret boxes or puzzle boxes, but may also be used to create or decorate many other items such as trays, chests, jewellery boxes, vases, photo frames, drink coasters, etc.

Many thanks to master of Yosegi marquetry, Tanegi Zukuri: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3N0EPxNFKDFKHFNhB9YaZw
Master Tsuya: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYqQ3TSr3ywYue7ZT8R_OYg
Or go to his website at: http://www.hamamatsuya.co.jp

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