Using trees grown in the local “snow country” area, Iwamoto produces high-quality paulownia woodcrafts called kiji-maki-e, or “sprinkled-picture paulownia,” an urushi-e technique using lacquer to glue powdered metals directly onto the wood. The paulownia is ground and burned to produce its characteristic appearance and enhance the entire piece. Paulownia craft is also used to produce hibachi-style braziers, essential for living in the snow country.
Our tour will take you through our gallery and paulownia craft studio, established a century ago. You’ll be able to observe the details of the crafting process up close.
English translator requests require reservations two days in advance. Prior reservation is required for group tours.
- 3-2 Hyotanmachi, Kanazawa
- 10:00 am – 6:30 pm