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Lacquer Workshop, NAMIKI (PILOT)

Lacquer Workshop, NAMIKI (PILOT)

Pilot Corporation, known today for the pens, created a high-end fountain pen utilizing Maki-e lacquer techniques in 1926 (Taisho 15). Later, the Kokkokai (a group of Maki-e artisans) was founded with living national treasure Maki-e artisan, Gonroku Matsuda, as its center. As a result, the ancient Japanese art of Maki-e has been preserved for over 100 years. Today, the workshop is in a brick building in Hiratsuka, which previously housed the former Second Navy Ammunitions Arsenal. The history of Maki-e-lacquered fountain pens and lacquered pieces are part of the exhibit.

Essential Information

Hours
  • 10:00–12:00 / 13:00–16:00

  • ※ Reservations required for visits.

Suggested duration: 45m

Closed Sat, Sun, Holidays, Year-End Holidays, Obon Holidays, Company Anniversary Day (Oct 1st) ※ The workshop may also be closed periodically for other reasons.
Costs

Free

Access

Approx. 20 mins on foot from Hiratsuka Station on the JR Tokaido Line

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