The Hakone mountain range boasts some of Japan's finest tree species. Hakone-Yosegi-Zaiku is
a technique that utilizes the natural colors of the various trees and
gathers them together to create elaborate geometric patterns.
"Yosegi-Zaiku(寄木細工)" is a craft that is made by gathering trees together.
"Japanese Traditional Craftsman" is a person with particularly high skills who are recognized by the
They have the passion behind the term's history. Even though they are certified, continue to study and challenge. We would like to share with you their thoughts on the history of Hakone-Yosegi-Zaiku.
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The craftsmen create all the patterns using only their sensitivity. With these sensitivities, the tradition of Hakone Yosegi-Zaiku is steadily passed down from generation to generation.
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.