Ao Ishimeji


Ao Ishimeji (blue stone) is the term for lacquer imitating the blue stone, from along the Arakawa 荒川 in the Chichibu 秩父 area of modern Saitama prefecture. The best ao-ishi were quarried in the Iyo 伊予, Awa 阿波, Kishuu 紀州, and Chichibu 秩父 regions, and each of these areas lent its name to the ao-ishi produced there.
This lacquer is achieved by sprinkling dry lacquer powder „kanshitsu-fun“ into wet lacquer. In Japanese Art & Craft simulated stone surfaces „hada“ play an important role, found on many lacquer objects like sword scabbards, inro and boxes.