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“Unbelievable mastery of marquetry and wood design”
Review of Hamamatsuya

Hamamatsuya
Ranked #4 of 27 Shopping in Hakone-machi
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Reviewed 26 November 2015

The Hakone mosaic woodwork comes from combining various kinds of wood to create geometric shapes utilizing wood hues and grains. These are then planed down and affixed to small boxes, trays and other items. The craft dates back to the late Edo period and continues today much the same way with the exception of the inclusion of more exotic woods previously unavailable in Japan and some new glues.

We got a demonstration from one of the masters. When asked how long it took to learn how to learn to make the designs, he said about 20 years. Incredible dedication and craftsmanship.

And of course it has a shop with wonderful products at reasonable prices. There were also puzzle boxes where certain pieces must be moved in the proper sequence to open the box. Most of the stores buy from this place so you may as well get it from the artisans themselves.

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Reviewed 9 May 2015

Amazing hand-crafted wood items. We bought bookmarks, toys, trick boxes, and an art work for the wall. The area was gorgeous as well.

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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Having looked at artists' work with wood all over the world, I'd say this is one of the 3-4 best I've seen anywhere. Extremely beautiful and creative. 5th generation artist Vast array of products, from inlaid pictures & boxes, some taking up to 300 steps to open, to museum quality chests. Definitely worth a special trip. Free demonstrations offered.

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