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YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor

Lacquerware is Japanese Traditional Art

LACQUERWARE is the oldest traditional art craft in Japan, with a history that dates back as far as the Stone Age.

It refers to everything that can be coated with URUSHI lacquer. A coat of lacquer will add the striking aura of luxury.

Laquerware is the Japanese aesthetics embodiment.

YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor

Hand Crafted by
Imperial Artisans of Japan

1. Lacquer Tapping

YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor

2. Base Carving

YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor

3. Lacquer Paint Blending

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4-6. Base Coating in 3 Layers

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7. Drawing

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8. Gold Powdering

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9-10. Final Coating & Polishing

YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor
YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor
YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor

Delicate Coating
in 3mm Thick

In spite of their layers of lacquer and gold gilding, coatings on our items are under 3mm thick. You can actually see textures of wooden bases underneath.

Each process is done by a professional artisan who specialises in that technique.

Artisans train themselves for decades - 10 years to hold a brush in the perfect position, another 10 years to draw a fine line, yet another 10 years to colour smoothly.

Our beautiful lacquerware is created with extreme delicacy, by such prestigious artisans.

YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor

Imperial Since 1919,
Always Creating Best Quality Items

Over the course of our 90 years history, we have been granted Royal Warrant from the Japanese Emperor. He has personally appointed to use our lacquer items, and we continue to serve all the lacquerware used at His Imperial Household till today.

  • Our customers include:
  • the Japanese Emperor and His Imperial Family
  • Foreign Embassies of Japan
  • renowned shrines and temples for worship
  • major global enterprises
  • YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor

    First Lady Akie Abe of Japan presented our Salad Bowl as a gift at an international party

  • YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor

    Then President Barack Obama of US favoured our special Food Box in collaboration with famous Fran's Chocolates
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YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor

Awarded for Traditional Craftsmanship

Many of our artisans have been awarded the national title "Living National Treasures of Craftsmanship."

Their lacquer creation techniques are one and only, and their celebrated items cannot be created by anyone else.

Unique craftsmanship is the very reason why our lacquerware continue to be the Emperor's favourite after nearly a century.

YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor
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Sparkling MAKI-E Gilding with
Ultrafine Gold Powders

A typical decoration technique in Japan's lacquerware creation, MAKI-E gilding applies gold in multiple yet thin layers. We draw pictures by sprinkling ultrafine gold powders over wet lacquer.

What characterises our MAKI-E gilding is its soothing touch, made possible with our wide variety of gold powders. We have more than 300 variations in total, each with different nuance in size, thickness, and form.

They have been hammered out from solid gold to 1-1.2/10,000mm, so thin that it lets light shine right through.

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URUSHI Lacquer Coating,
Highly Rare and 100% Ecological

URUSHI lacquer is a 100% ecological coating material made from sap of special trees (Rhus Verniciflua). One tree can produce 200ml sap at most in a lifetime, which makes it highly rare.

URUSHI lacquer trees may grow in other Asian countries, but Japanese ones are famous for containing the most amount of sparkling components (They are even named in Japanese, Urushiol.).

Our URUSHI lacquer has 65-70% of shining urushiol in comparison to others' 5-10%.

YAMADA HEIANDO Lacquerware: Hand-Crafted Imperial Luxury for Japanese Emperor

Delicate RADEN Inlays of
Mother of Pearls

In RADEN inlay decoration, we sharpen pearls on a whetstone and put them on lacquer surfaces of items.

Smoothly polished pearls give a jewel-like shine, changing colours between purple, blue, and pink.

Traditional Good Luck Symbols

Our lacquer items are decorated with good luck symbols that have long been cherished in Japan. Celebrating high spirits and prosperity, they make perfect gifts for various kinds of occassions.