[Makie Studio Shokan] English



Makie is a traditional culture that represents Japan.
Makie originated in the Nara period about 1300 years ago.
Makie finely decorates tools among other things for formal occasions.
If the sense of beauty did not work, Makie might not have existed.
There is our predecessors’ aesthetic consciousness to consider.
There are a number of cultures that utilize “gold” which is admired by humans.
‘Gold’ was adhered by using ‘Lacquer’ in Japan.
Lacquer was not only for adhering but also to draw the motives with a writing brush.
To express “gold” more minutely, the craftsman processed gold into powder.
The precious gleams of “gold” and “lacquer” have combined to make Makie completely splendid.
The gloss of Makie became an element that had kept evolving because it was favored by of the court nobles and the warrior society.
Makie has been brought up in Japan for over 1300 years.
Several masters of art including Rimpa took Makie technique and
Makie became a craft that represented Japan.
Lacquer arts was called “Japan” in foreign countries.
It is exactly Japan itself.
The world of lacquer is shrinking because the Japanese lifestyle has changed and
is unsuitable for a capital society.
It is pity that this precious culture is disappearing because of such a transitory feeling.
Makie is a traditional Japanese culture which brings cheerfulness to the people’s heart.
I want to devote my life to the Makie.
That is my desire.

Shokan Matsuda