Overview

Company Name
Wajimaya Zenni Inc.
Founded
1813 (1972 Incorporated)
Capital
¥61,500,000
President
Nakamuro Kojiro
Business
Design, Production, and Sale of Urushi(Japanese Lacquerware) tableware, interior, furniture, etc

History

1813
The “nushi” (Japanese lacquerer) “Zenni” set out to sell his products all over Japan.
1972
“Wajimaya Honten” was incorporated with capital of 26 million yen.
1980~
We started to promote the restoration of urushi (Japanese lacquer) culture, based on the theme of “Creating the finest products in the lacquerware history of Wajima”
1983
We opened 2 tea rooms that were coated entirely with urushi, the first in this industry.
1984
We established a design studio that specializes in lacquerware design, the only one in Japan.
1990
We restored “Nushi-no-ie (Lacquerer’s House)” in Wajima and it was praised as the most beautiful machiya, traditional merchant’s house in Japan by experts.
1997
We initiated the reforestation effort in Joboji, Iwate prefecture by planting urushi trees, the first as a lacquer manufacturer.
1999
We set our goal higher, “Creating the finest products in the lacquerware history of Japan”
2002
We held a exhibition “Urushi – The Design of Soul” at Daimaru Museum, Tokyo.
2007
In March, the building of workshop was seriously damaged because of the big earthquake.
2008
We rebuilded the new workshop.
2011
Three companies merged and it became the new company name “Wajimaya Zenni Inc.”.
2014
We opened a showroom in the workshop.
2018
From our lacquer trees planted in 1997, the first lacquer sap was collected.

Office Location

Main Office, Shop, Workshop
63 Heisei-machi, Wajima, Ishikawa 928-0068 Japan
TEL : 0768-22-0521
FAX : 0768-22-8808
wajima@wajimayazenni.co.jp
Open 8:30~17:00
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, New Year Holidays

Nushi-no-ie (The Lacquerer’s House) + shop
1-82-3 Kawai-machi, Wajima, Ishikawa 928-0001 Japan
TEL : 0768-22-5811
Shop Open 9:00~12:00
Closed on Wednesdays, Sundays, New Year Holidays

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