kirihibachi, a traditional Japanese hand/room
warmer made of paulownia (also called princess
tree), was nationally famous before the
heating instrument using oil or electricity
appeared. The main reasons were that it
was easy to obtain the material in those
days and that a lacquer work technique used
for the kirihibachi attracted people. Presently, paulownia vases, cake trays, and small drawers are manufactured with splendid lacquer work performed while making use of the grain of the paulownia.