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Tohachiya

藤八屋

Wajima city is located in the northern part of Noto peninsula. The lacquerware, Wajima-nuri produced in this area is made by a traditional manufacturing method of applying urushi-lacquer mixed with the powder of calcined diatomaceous earth called “jinoko” which is unique to the area. The products are known for its sturdiness and its elegant decoration of “chinkin” (gold-inlaid) and “maki-e” (painting with gold/silver powder). Established in 1888, Tohachiya has been running the business of “Nushiya” which means a vendor cum manufacturer of Wajima lacquerware. They had started selling their products by peddling around the country, but when Mr. Masahide Shioji’s father took over as head of the house (“oyakata”, master in Japanese) they began to focus on the production of custom-made lacquerware for professional-use. While maintaining the traditional method of manufacturing of Wajima-nuri which requires dozens of processes, they communicate closely with the customers to respond to their requests. Through excellent craftsmanship, Tohachiya earns the deep trust of their customers including Michelin starred restaurants. On another front, their flagship store offers lacquerware for general-use as well as accessories. Mrs. Shioji who is the planner of those items has been committed to the activities that encourages the daily use of lacquerware of Wajima by conveying its value. Hoping for the growth of Wajima-nuri, she has embarked on a new stage in developing it for the overseas market.

能登半島北部に位置する輪島市。この地域で生産される輪島塗は、「地の粉」と呼ばれる地域特有の珪藻土を焼成した粉を混ぜた漆を塗り重ねる伝統的な製法で造られる漆器で、堅牢さと沈金や蒔絵による優美な装飾で知られている。1888年に創業した藤八屋は、職人を統括し輪島塗の製造販売を行う塗師屋だ。創業当時は全国各地への行商をしていたが、現在の代表「親方」である塩士正英さんの父親の代から、飲食店向けの業務用漆器のオーダーメイドに力を入れてきた。幾十もの工程を重ねる輪島塗の伝統製法を守りながら、顧客の要望に寄り添う藤八屋のものづくりへの信頼は厚く、得意先にはミシュラン星つきの一流店も名を連ねる。また本店では、普段づかいの漆器やアクセサリーなども販売しており、これらの商品を企画する正英さんの妻の純永さんは、輪島の漆器の良さを伝え、日常使いしてもらうための活動に尽力してきた。輪島塗の発展を願い、海外販路開拓という新たなステージも目指している。

Flagship Products

Cloth-patterned Tray

布目トレー

“SakuNe" Wave-shaped Cup

「咲音」だんだんカップ

Chopsticks “ Snowflake”

塗り箸「雪の結晶」

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