KABUKI & HIGE 新作紹介

I’m introducing my new products today. They are new variants of the samurai mask pendant.   “KABUKI” I painted KABUKI makeup in the samurai mask pendant. KABUKI is a popular drama of Japan, developed chiefly in the 17th century, characterized by elaborate costuming, rhythmic dialogue, stylized acting, music, and dancing. KABUKI makeup expresses their character […]

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Why samurai?

Why do I make samurai jewelry? Because this is a crossroads of urushi and metal. I should decide what do I paint urushi. Usually, people paint wood with urushi, but metal is the best for jewelry, because of durability. Also, I need some connection between urushi and metal except durability. It was samurai armor. The […]

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なぜ鎧なのか

今日は山猫堂では何故侍の甲冑をモチーフとしたアクセサリーを作っているかを説明したいと思います。 その理由はまたも漆です。

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What is Urushi? Why Urushi?

I will talk about Urushi today. My basis is urushi artisan. So I have to brush up urushi skills first. Usually, Urushi needs certain humidity and temperature for harden. But I use “baking method” for harden. Urushi has another property that hardens by placing a certain period of time at 200 ℃ from 100 ℃. […]

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漆について
Samurai studio tools

今回は漆について話したいと思います。 私アクセサリーを主に作っているので、必要な技術は漆の技術だけでなく彫金の技術も必須です。 しかし、私は自分のことを漆職人だと考えているので、 漆の技術を基本として彫金技術とともに突き詰めていきたいと思っています。

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About Lacquersmith LYNX

Today, I’m going to explain about our brand name “Lacquersmith LYNX”. I made up the word “Lacquersmith” which means “Lacquer artisan”. I like the sound of “smith” which is used with an iron-smith, a goldsmith and the Aerosmith. And this is our shop master, his name is “SAKURA”. I wanted my brand name associated with […]

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山猫堂について

今回は山猫堂について説明したいと思います。 「漆貴 山猫堂」(しっき やまねこどう)がこの工房の名前です。 「漆貴」は漆の器の「漆器」ではなく「漆×貴金属」「漆であなたの大切な物を作っています」 という意味を込めて「漆貴」としました。

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Re-introduction

It’s been a long time. I’ll turn over a new leaf and restarting this blog regularly. So I re-introduce myself. I’m Takahiro Sumida. 40 years old. I’m a designer, an artisan and an owner of lacquersmith LYNX. I learned to paint urushi in a home of lacquer ware. Then I decided to independently start a […]

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