Sabae Echizen Lacquer Ware Town

One of Japan's most traditional, beautiful crafts

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

Japan is known worldwide for its beautiful traditional lacquerware, and Kawada, Sabae in Fukui prefecture is one of Japan's top lacquerware spots. Dozens of highly respected, incredibly talented artists live and work here. Sabae's Echizen Lacquerware Town (うるしの里会館) is part museum, part gift shop/restaurant, part event space. This is the jumping-off point for anyone who is interested in seeing (or trying) how lacquerware is made. Also, tours can be arranged to visit some of the artists. I had an opportunity to do so, and it was an unforgettable experience! Check out some of their webpage and a Facebook page to get more of an idea of what is going on in the area.

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: Contact me: