is called "japan" in English.
As its name suggests, shikki is a typical
handicraft of Japan. Japanese lacquer is
repeatedly applied to processed hard wood,
such as cypress and zelkova wood, to complete
shikki. The Maeda family, who ruled the
Kaga Clan (the present Ishikawa and Toyama
areas) in feudal times, invited a master
artisan early in the 17th century. This
master artisan introduced Kanazawa Shikki.
Japanese lacquer has an adhesion function.
Therefore, a picture or pattern is drawn
on the surface with gold powder, silver
powder, and seashells put onto the surface.
Kanazawa Shikki, which has splendid decoration,
has been developed as furniture and artistic
handicraft articles for the lord.
although shikki is weak to direct rays or
dryness, it resists water and heat, and
its gloss deepens while it is in use.