Wood Craft

Gora Hot Springs Lake Ashi Sake Brewing Wood Craft

Wood Craft


Hamamatsu-Ya shop


manufacturing and sales
Hakone Town, Japan


describing the Yoseigi-zaiku process

Yoseigi-zaiku is beautifully created wooden inlaid work, made by the careful selection and setting of designs to from unique patterns, contrived entirely from natural colored woods. No inks or dyes have been utilized in creating any of the colors used in any of the pieces of woods selected.


combining the natural colors and grains of wood

Highly skilled craftsmen work to combine the natural colors and grains of wood in order to create harmonious pieces of work and art.


box made from the thinly sliced wood

These extraordinary techniques have been developed especially in the Hatajuku district, in the Hakone area, dating back from as early as the Edo period (1600-1868). Presently such work can not be found outside the area.


cutter is used to slice the sheets wafer-thin


colored wood in patterned sections

There are 2 methods to produce such attractive pieces.

The first method involves affixing slivers of colored wood into patterned sections and then sticking all of the sections together to from a larger pattern. With great care planed sheets of the patterned wood is then thinly sliced and affixed to the secret boxes and other goods. A special cutter is used to slice the sheets wafer-thin precisely.


meticulously carved and shaped

The second technique entails using larger blocks of patterned wood directly as goods. The colorfully designed blocks of wood are meticulously carved and shaped to create various kinds of dishes, vases and numerous other goods.


the final box with multiple slides needed to open

At the present time, YOSEIGI HANDICRAFTS HAKONE have been officially authorized by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry  and are protected as a national handicraft.


handout sampleses


by adding or removing a layer,  Mt Fiji can be snow capped or in summer brown


what Mt Fuji looks like in March

This society within the Hatajuku area, is wholly dedicated to the further improvement in quality and design of  exquisitely unique wooden handicrafts.



WHITES: GreenCalabash, Spindle Tree, Mizuki
YELLOWS: Lacquer Tree, Sumac,Nigaki
GREYS: Honoki
LIGHT BROWNS: Japanese Pagoda Tree, Camphor, Cherry & Mulberry Trees, Keyaki-Zelkova
BROWNS: Walnut, Keyaki Jindai(a kind of Zelkova) BLACKS: Japanese Judas Tree, Kurogaki


If the surface should become marked, use a soft damp cloth to gently wipe the surface. Avoid using detergents or cleansers of any kind that may scratch or harm the surface. Avoid direct sunlight, and keep the goods away from high temperatures and humidity for longevity.

Nearby buildings in this small town





local shrine


typical local Ryokan

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