The Ishikawa International Urushi Exhibition, specializing in Urushi ware (lacquer ware), was established in 1989 and will enjoy its twelfth event in 2020. In each of the past events, the Exhibition drew a lot of excellent works from over ten countries and territories around the world. It has built a high reputation as the world showcase of brand new Urushi arts and crafts.
The home of the exhibition, Ishikawa Prefecture, is renowned as the “kingdom of traditional crafts” in Japan. Regarding Urushi ware, in particular, Ishikawa has three of Japan’s major Urushi ware production areas: Wajima, Yamanaka, and Kanazawa. People in Ishikawa are proud of their history that they have maturated the tradition of Urushi in their living cultures.
In such an environment, this exhibition has been repeated with the aim to revitalize the Urushi-related industries and to encourage international exchanges through Urushi. We also wish that this exhibition will help people rediscover the value of Urushi, a material that is friendly to humans and the environment, as well as the excellence of the Urushi ware producing techniques.
For the exhibition in 2020, we expect a lot of applications from not only Japan but also from around the world, from daily utensils that propose a new lifestyle using Urushi, to artistic expressions that bring novel sensations with Urushi. We look to discover a wide variety of proposals to again explore the potential of Urushi.
Secretariat Office of the Executive Committee
The Ishikawa International Urushi Exhibition
c/o Design Center Ishikawa
2-20 Kuratsuki, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-8203 JAPAN
The details of the previous exhibition (“The Ishikawa International Urushi Exhibition 2017”) can be found at: