Guide of facilities

Echizen Lacquerware Dento Sangyou Kaikan (Traditional Industrial Hall)

◇ The outer space structure that takes in the local environment and scenery ・The building is built so that the outer appearance fits the traditional scenery of Kawada area and so as to be the model of local scenery forming.
・Designed to be a part of the trail that visits local historical sites so as to be connected with the surrounding areas.
・The facilities are open to the public for the people of the local area and visitor to come in freely. Various events and activities can also be held in the facilities.
◇ Architecture that uses local resources and traditional skills ・An old architecture is renovated to maintain the local scenery and reuse local resources. ・An old local residential building is relocated and renovated to be used as the Artisan’s Atelier to efficiently use the local resource and maintain the local scenery. ・Newly built exhibition and hall building has a unique design that uses Kawada cedar trees as its main structure efficiently using the local resources. ・Techniques of lacquerware crafts and arts are used for the inside instruments in the purpose of invigorating the local industry.
◇ Inside space where various activities can be held freely ・The exhibition on lacquerware can be seen by following a corridor as if the building as a whole is one museum.
・The rooms and spaces can be deformed and divided freely so as to accommodate various types of events and activities.
・The rooms and spaces can be used (rented) on an hourly basis.
・The entire building is barrier-free so that all visitors can use the facilities easily and safely.

Guide of the facilities

First Floor

1: General Information (Entrance Hall)
Information on the facilities, near-by traditional craft production regions, sightseeing spots, local galleries and shops are introduced by panel displays and on a touch panel.
2: Museum Shop
Various original items and local products can be purchased.
3: Regular Exhibition (Introducing process of lacquer techniques)
The manufacturing process of lacquerware and its basic manufacturing methods are introduced by using Japanese washi paper dolls and panel displays.
4: Planned Exhibition Room
Various exhibitions and activities are held in this room.
5: Regular Exhibition (Introducing lacquer tools)
Traditional lacquer tools are introduced by displaying a part of actual tools and the panels describing them.
6: Resting Space (Information Corner)
Please come in freely. Information about the facilities and events held in near-by lacquerware production regions is available.
7: Display Corridor (New lacquer techniques)
The actual products are displayed to introduce the cutting-edge techniques and new techniques of Echizen lacquerware.
9: Sangyo ShinkoKouryu Hall (Industrial Promotion and Social Exchange Hall)
This is a multipurpose hall used to hold seminars, training sessions, etc. This is a space for people to meet and socialize. On the wall inside the hall, there is displayed a lacquerware panel (7.3m X 1.2m) made by local artisans.
10: Common Atelier
Provided with a large booth where spray coating can be performed and an adjustable drying stove. This atelier can be used as a laboratory for developing new products.
11: Tea Room (Shikkoku-an)
This tea room is designed using lacquer which is an environment-friendly, antibacterial and mold-free natural material exploring the possibility of lacquer as interior decoration. This tea room is also provided with the tools used in tea ceremony which are made in Echizen lacquerware production region.
12: Japanese Room (with maki-e decorated lattice ceiling)
Come see the lattice ceiling decorated with the beautiful works of maki-e lacquer panels made by the local artisans.
13: Regular Exhibition (Introducing traditional techniques)
Various designs and colors expressed by using traditional lacquer techniques and different types of techniques are introduced in the regular exhibition.
14, 15, 16: Urushi Training Rooms – 1, 2, 3
In the urushi training room 1, the traditional techniques and skills that we must hand down to the next generation are introduced by using video and panel displays according to different themes. Come in freely to learn about the theme you are interested in.
17: The East Entrance Hall
The elevator doors are decorated by the local artisans. On the wall, various lacquer panels of different themes are displayed.
18: Coffee Shop Wanwan
At coffee shop Wanwan, variety of lunch menus using locally produced safe ingredients are offered in lacquerware dishes.
19: Display Corridor (by the lacquerware experience atelier)
Various lacquerware items are displayed. New works of local artisans are also displayed from time to time.
22:Kiji(wood base) Artisan’s Atelier 23:Nuri Artisan’s Atelier 24:Kashoku Artisan’s Atelier
The ateliers are built in the purpose of handing down the traditional techniques and skills and training young artisans. You can get a close look at the processes of kiji(wood base) forming using the rokuro wheel, lacquer applying and kashoku (decoration).
25: Festival Vehicle Kaikan (festival vehicle display hall)
Receiving supports from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the city of Sabae, a festival vehicle was manufactured in cooperation with Inami sculpturing. The manufacturing started in 2010 (Heisei 22) and completed three years later.
The kiji(wood base) forming was carried out by the artisans of Inami sculpturing and the lacquer applying, maki-e and chinkin decoration were carried out by the artisans of Echizen lacquerware.
Size of the festival vehicle: length 4.1m X width 2.2m X height 3.5m (actual size)

Second Floor

1: Regular Exhibition (Introducing professional lacquer techniques)
The professional techniques and processes of Echizen lacquerware are introduced. Various techniques of kashoku (decoration) are also introduced by panel display.
2: Traditional Industry Archive Room
The archive materials which have been preserved can be viewed.
3: Design Atelier
This atelier is used as a laboratory to develop new designs and for the visitors to experience designing by using computers.
4: Inspection and Testing Atelier
The way how lacquer is tested for its chemical characteristics, durability and heat resistance, etc. is displayed.
5, 6: Experiment Ateliers – 1・2
These ateliers are provided with facilities where temperature and humidity can be maintained steady and are used as laboratories for developing new techniques and skills.

■ Experience Workshops and Demonstrations ■

◇ Experience Workshops ◇ In the workshops, you can experience the “chinkin” process and the “e-tsuke” process. Come experience the techniques which have been used in the 1500 years of history of Echizen lacquerware with your own hands. Reservations are required. Please ask our staffs for more information.
◇ Demonstration ◇ In the Artisan’s Atelier, you can observe the actual manufacturing process carried out by the local traditional craftsmen. Come and learn more about the actual manufacturing of Echizen lacquerware. Please be aware that demonstrations are given on random schedule.