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Lacquer-ware is the one of Japanese specialties, it has been loved for a long time. Lacquer, material used to color wares, is from originally eastern Asia and south eastern Asia, so lacquer ware is a local specialties of countries in those areas. In Japan, lacquer has been used from before century, according to a research, the oldest one in Japan was made 9,000 years ago, it’s also world’s oldest one. At first, people used lacquer to match parts of Buddhism statue, make their weapons stronger, and fix the parts of decoration of buildings. By its enough amount of produce, lacquer was used by not only high-class people but also Samurais. Golden pavilion is known as famous temple built in Samurai era with lacquer.
It was in Edo period when lacquer-ware were spread into common people, government and rulers in local counties encouraged lacquer industry. During this period, as common people had been getting simple lacquer-ware into their dining table, for people in high class like aristocrats and Shogun, lacquer-ware deepened its artistic beauty such as using gold and high quality materials. Now, lacquer ware can be seen in any home, and it’s loved as Japanese traditional works. Since lacquer make wares more durable, and it disinfectant material, it can be used for a long time from ancestors to descendants.
Chopsticks are the Japanese equivalent to a Fork and Spoon when eating.
Sake is considered the national drink of Japan, a favorite many enjoy
Japanese horseradish, most commonly served with sushi
Tracing it's origins to the Chinese Zheng, the Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument.