“Kamakura-bori” is a traditional art form
handed down 700years ago from the Kamakura
During the Kamakura Period many Buddhist
temples were built.
is said to originate from the sculptors of
the Buddha statues and the unique lacquering
on the carved Buddhist objects. They were
much influenced by Chinese traditional
lacquer-carving ( Tsuishy, Tsuikoku,
Benibanaryokuba etc.) .
is attractively hand carved usually from
Magnolia, and Ginkgo trees and then coated
with many layers of special bright colored
lacquer . The most representative example of
“Kamakura-bori” uses special ‘Shumakinuri’
lacquer in which a special powder of Makomo
(wild rice) is sprinkled into a bright
vermillion lacquer, producing a strong three
dimensional impression of the sculpture.
This special characteristic cannot be found
in other lacquer wares. This technique is
used by artist Tadashi Komiya to produce our
special Kamakura-bori writing instruments.
Other colors are also used in the
collections presented and shown below.
the artist Tadashi Komiya :
He was born in 1952. He studied the basics
of Kamakura-Bori at Kamakura-Bori Training
high School. He was educated and trained for
many years by a famous Kamakurabori artist
In 1984 he became an independent artist for
the first time, and he established and
headed a workshop in 1988. He has created
trays, plates and furniture as well as
quality writing instruments for Sailor Pen.
Since 1993, he has conducted many
exhibitions of his Kamakura-Bori works at
famous department stores and hotels in
Japan. He also teaches Kamakura-Bori
techniques at a culture school.
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