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Laquerware and our life style

Hoonko-san and the traditional food


Some lacquerware dishes and utensils are used daily and some are used in special occasions and ceremonies such as weddings, Buddhist services, etc.
Rice bowls and soup bowls are used daily and ceremonial lacquerware tools are used during the new year holidays, when celebrating coming of the age of children, etc.
In Echizen area, a Buddhist service called Hoonko-san is celebrated. At this Buddhist service, we listen to the sermon given by a Buddhist monk and prepare food using vegetables harvested in the area and other local ingredients. This traditional food is called Hoonko dishes.
The tools, dishes and utensils used here are called “souwazen” and include a rice bowl, soup bowl, pot bowl and flat bowl. Such set of dishes is called “hachijyu-wan”.
It is a unique Japanese tradition that we separate the dishes and utensils that are used daily and the dishes and utensils that are used in special occasions.
  • Hoonko dishes
  • Souwazen and Hachijyu-wan
  • A type of Hachijyu-wan
How lacquerware dishes and utensils are used today