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"YuraYura kobo" A Makie Master Nobuichi Otake

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Master of Traditional Crafts Aizu Lacquerware.

Nobuichi Otake who leaved his company and turned a Makie master of Aizu lacquerware because he was unable to give up feelings of wanting to draw a picture. Through the material of Urushi(lacquer), he expresses the pleasure and feeling to draw.

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About Aizu lacquer ware
It has been produced since the second half of the 16th century, its history is old and certified as traditional Japanese craft.
There are two major types of decoration for Aizu lacquerware by Urushi. It is a lacquer painting using lacquerware using gold powder, silver powder, etc. and a color lacquer mixed with pigment in a transparent lacquer. 

As characteristic of Makie and Lacquer painting of Aizu lacquerware,
It is a painted design with lacquer on a black paint, painted vermillion powder and polished just before drying completely.
There is a unique gloss and taste.
It is a traditional design of Aizu lacquerware which combines Higaki(Patterns of alternating woven hinoki sheets), Shochikubai(Pine, bamboo, and plum), and Hamaya(Demon killer arrows) with a modest color.
The picture which arranged Peony · Phoenix · Shochikubai · Crane and Tortoise is mainly drawn.


These techniques are still inherited as a masterpiece of the craftsmanship, and Nobuichi Otake uses the luxury of color lacquer and the luxury of makie, making works that match the current era.

His picture is something humorous. Through his paintings and patterns, he continues to make such a work that makes a purchaser have pleasure and has fun using it.

Despite being a heavy traditional crafting work backed by solid technical power, his unique style of painting soften the hearts of people who use lacquerware.



"YuraYura kobo" - Profile Otake Shinichi
1959: Born in Kanayama Town, Fukushima Prefecture. After graduating from high school, get a job at a power company, operate a hydropower station, and work on maintenance.
1980: Leave the company. He studied under Mr. Takao Sone of Aizuwakamatsu city.
1985: It is independent and reaches the present. As a Maki-e master of Aizu Lacquerware, he also worked at solo exhibitions and group exhibitions.

He is involved in restoring cultural assets in Aizu.



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