Yosegi-Zaiku was developed in Hatajuku, Hakone, which was an inn in the late Edo period (1603-1867). This inn was on the famed Tokaido Road. It is said to have started when ISHIKAWA Nihei, a resident of Hatajuku, focused on the characteristics of the mountains of Hakone, where there were many different types of trees, and made trays and boxes from a variety of wood ; different colors and grains.
Warring states period(1467-1603)
|1556||There was a production of Hiki-mono in Hatajuku, Hakone.|
|1791||Publication of "Tokaido Meisho Zukai". Hakone-Zaiku was introduced as a specialty of Yumoto-Chaya.|
|1820||Fissel, a Dutch scholar of Japan, saw and purchased Yosegi-Zaiku at
Hakone inn and Yumoto.
*The first appearance of Yosegi-Zaiku in Hakone.
|1845-48||It is said that ISHIKAWA Nihei in Hatajuku come up with the skills and techniques of Yosegi-Zaiku.|
|1854||The port of Shimoda opened. MYOGAYA Hataemon in Hatajuku went to Shimoda to sell Hakone-Zaiku.|
|1859||MYOGAYA Hataemon, KANAZASHI Rokuzaemon, and others from Hatajuku opened stores in Yokohama.|
|1877||The first National Industrial Exhibition was held. MATSUI Yasubei in Ohiradai exhibited lacquerware.|
|1892||SHIRAKAWA Senseki in Yumoto-Chaya created the current technique of wood inlays.|
|1894||OKAWA Ryujiro in Yumoto invented a Himitsubako, secret box.|
|1897||Around this time, YAMANAKA Tsunetaro in Odawara invented Kumiki-Zaiku.|
|1909||The Hakone Products Trade Association was organized.|
|1912||Production of coaster sets and white powder containers for export was flourished.|
|1919||Zuku-Bari pen boxes became popular.|
|1914||Exports increased due to the Great War Economy.|
|1923||The many factories of Hakone-Zaiku got damaged by the Great Kanto Earthquake.|
|1943||The Hakone Bussan Woodwork Products Trade Association (Formerly the Hakone
Bussan Trade Association) was dissolved.
At that time, the Hakone-Zaiku factories replaced their production with munitions.
Kanagawa Prefecture Craft Exhibition was held.
Hakone-Zaiku won many prizes.
|1951||The Federation of Hakone Product Cooperatives is formed.|
|1955||Hakone Products General Exhibition was held. (This is the first post-war
exhibition of only Hakone products.)
Due to the Japanese high economic growth, exports increased.
|1984||"Hakone-Yosegi-Zaiku" is designated as a traditional craft by the International Trade and Industry of Ministry.|