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Amano Shikki Co., Ltd.


Having flourished in the manufacturing industry and commerce since the Edo period, Takaoka city in Toyama prefecture became a production area of copperware and lacquerware known in Japan and the world. Amano Shikki Co., Ltd. was founded in 1892 in this historical town of traditional crafts and has been a wholesaler specializing and trading in high-end lacquerware such as home furnishings. They are now focusing on the planning and sales of lacquered decorative boxes and trays made by “aogai-nuri”, one of the traditional techniques of Takaoka lacquerware which is characterized by the decoration of mother-of-pearl inlay called “raden”. By using this technique, Takaoka lacquerware expresses decorations of various motifs of landscape, flowers and birds. The materials used for raden are abalone shells cut into thin slices of 0.1mm. In order to make lacquerware with shining shell inlay on smooth polished jet-black lacquer coating, a number of processes are needed to be meticulously executed by lacquer painting and raden artisans. Around the year 2009, Mr. Shinichi Amano who is the fifth generation president of the company succeeded in the commercialization of raden glass, a series of sake glass with decorations of raden lacquerware on the underside of the glass. When drinks are served in raden glasswares we can enjoy the patterns of the shell inlay floating on the surface of the liquid and the pleasure of use made this series a strong seller. The company continues to challenge itself to share the uniqueness of raden with the world.


Flagship Products

Raden Glass / Kaleidoscope Gold cup / Cherry blossoms

金杯 万華鏡

Jewel box / Cherry blossoms

長角小箱 桜



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