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The first in-depth English-language book and film on the time-honored ways of the Urushi craftspeople.
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Since its foundation in 1919, Yamada Heiando has been recognized for its high-quality handcrafted Urushi lacquerware. Japan’s emperor granted an Imperial Warrant for our lacquerware, and for more than 90 years, we have been supplying all the lacquerware used in the Imperial Household. In 2013, Heiando America was established in Seattle to sell Urushi lacquerware in the US and to promote the rich tradition and aesthetic sensibility of the Urushi craftspeople. Today, there are fewer and fewer Urushi craftspeople, and Yamada Heiando is out to revitalize the culture through technological enhancements and other efforts to cultivate more artisans. Being a leading brand in the Urushi industry as well as a pioneer in promoting Urushi products around the world, Heiando America will continue to disseminate the beauty of Urushi from Seattle. 

Our pride lies in pursuing traditional crafts while constantly striving to improve. That idea has not changed in the 100 years Heiando has been in the lacquerware business. However, the surrounding environment is changing rapidly. The demand for traditional crafts in Japan is decreasing due to changes to Japanese people’s lifestyle and the country’s declining population. These developments make it harder for craftspeople to hand down their traditions to the next generation. Action is needed to keep the Urushi tradition alive. Our solution has been to focus on overseas markets. With two goals of “inheritance” and “innovation,” we at Yamada Heiando believe that business collaboration with partners is an important element for us. For example, by pairing Urushi with chocolates or cosmetics, and painting Urushi on pens, clocks, jewelry, wine glasses, even preserved flowers, we have developed with our partners new ways for the work of Urushi craftspeople to shine.

Thanks to the collaborative work with our business partners, we have successfully introduced Urushi – its history, quality, uniqueness, handcrafted artistry – in various arenas. We want to share the value of Urushi with more people. This is the underlying concept of our new project. 

Since we started sales in the US in 2013, we have sold Urushi lacquerware to local companies and individuals, and various collaboration proposals have been made. In the US, Urushi lacquerware is seen as a beautiful piece of art or a nice gift or souvenir. On the other hand, we occasionally hear negative feedback about Urushi, such as it has “no difference from a plastic product,” “may require too much care,” “is not worth the price,” or “feels out of date.” How can we address these misunderstandings? Our answer is to create a book and a documentary film that introduce the production process, history, and incredible techniques employed by the craftspeople. In order to reach out to a wide variety of people, our book and film will tell you a story you can’t hear just by looking at an Urushi product – we will focus on the fundamental, in-depth aspects of Urushi production, such as how Urushi artisans devote themselves to the lacquerware. We will also offer attractive suggestions for using Urushi products in your daily life. You will discover the great potential of Urushi products and the unique, unconventional ways they can be used. Please support us by making a donation to bring this book and film to life. You will in turn receive an advance copy of the book as well as an Urushi product of your choice. 

Your monetary support to our crowdfunding effort will be used to make a beautiful book and documentary film. We will interview artisans on site and film the production process. Your donation will help defray editing, printing and distribution costs. All the funds, after deducting production costs for the Urushi products, will be solely used for the production of the book and film. Neither Yamada Heiando nor Heiando America will make any profit out of this project. Once you make a donation, you will receive an Urushi product that has an equivalent value to the donated amount. Thank you for your support.

Urushi is a gift from history, passed on from one generation to the next. Once the historical line is broken, there is no way back. That is why we feel a strong sense of duty to preserve and protect the art of urushi for future generations. Urushi is a natural, earth-friendly paint that can play a role in protecting the future of our earth. You can make this happen with your contribution. We hope you will support us in this effort.

ここから日本語版です。

はじめに

1919年に創業した漆の山田平安堂は、その品質とこだわりから高い評価を受け、「宮内庁御用達」を拝命しています。2013年にはシアトルでHeiando Americaを設立し、アメリカにも漆製品を届け、漆の奥深い美しさと伝統を伝えています。技術向上、人材育成など、減少傾向にある漆職人を支援するための事業も積極的に行い、漆文化の再生、復興に努めています。Heiando Americaは、業界を代表するリーディングブランドとして、また、漆を世界を広めるパイオニアとして、これからも漆の素晴らしさをシアトルから発信していきます。

これまでの活動紹介

山田平安堂の高品質な漆作りを支えるのは、より高みを目指す姿勢と、伝統工芸品の生産を担う誇りです。1919年の創業当時から100周年を迎える現在に至るまで、少しも変わることがありません。しかし、私たちを取り巻く環境は変わり始めています。 日本人の生活習慣の変化と人口減少により、伝統工芸品の需要は低下しているのが現状です。そのため、伝統工芸品およびそれらの生産技術の継承が困難になっています。こうした状況を打破するには、自分たちが主体となって行動していかなければいけない。私たちはそう考え、海外のマーケットに目を向けました。 「継承」と「革新」を目標に掲げる私たちが力を入れるのは、企業とのコラボレーションです。代表的なものでは、漆とチョコレート、漆とコスメティック、漆とペン、漆と腕時計、漆とジュエリー、漆とワイングラス、漆とプリザーブドフラワーなどがあります。こうした試みにより、昔ながらの漆を大切にしつつ、漆の新しい可能性を広げることができました。 これまで、企業とのコラボレーションにより、私たちは漆の歴史、品質、希少性、手仕事、職人技を、さまざまな分野で紹介してきました。漆の価値を、もっと多くの皆様と共有したい。そんな思いから、新しいプロジェクトが動き出しています。

クラウドファンディングについて

アメリカでの営業を開始した2013年から、私たちは海外現地企業や個人のお客様への漆器販売、コラボレーションの提案を行ってきました。漆器はアメリカでも、美しい芸術品として、あるいは記念品やギフトとして評価が高く、肯定的に受け入れられています。その一方で、プラスチックとの違いがわからない、扱いが難しそう、値段に見合っていない、時代遅れに感じる、などと否定的な意見を聞くこともあります。 こうした漆に対する誤解やマイナスのイメージを払拭するには、どうすればよいか。私たちは、書籍やドキュメンタリー映像を制作して、製作の工程、歴史、匠の手技の素晴らしさを紹介しようと考えました。 より多くの皆様に興味を持っていただけるよう、漆職人の漆器に対する考え方など、漆器そのものを見るだけでは知り得ない、漆作りの本質を深く掘り下げた内容を企画しています。また、現代の生活にマッチした漆のさまざまな用途も提案します。漆の持つポテンシャルと、既存の枠にとらわれない柔軟性に気付いていただけることと思います。 この書籍やドキュメンタリー映像制作に賛同される方は、ぜひクラウドファンディングから支援をお願いいたします。投資いただいた方には、実際に漆体験を楽しめるよう、書籍と共に漆製品も進呈します。

クラウドファンディング募集

書籍やドキュメンタリー映像の制作には、クラウドファンディングによる支援金を使わせていただきます。具体的には、産地への取材・撮影費、編集費、印刷費、流通費となります。漆器の製造原価を除き、全利益が書籍やドキュメンタリー映像の制作費に充てられます。山田平安堂、Heiando Americaがこのプロジェクトにより商業的な利益を得ることはございません。投資者の皆様には見返りとして、アメリカでの価格とはなってしまいますが、いただいた額の漆製品をご用意します。

メッセージ

漆は、これまで積み重ねられてきた歴史の賜物です。この歴史は、一度途絶えてしまうと、元に戻ることはありません。そのため、私たちにはこれを後世まで守っていく義務があります。また、漆は地球環境に優しい自然塗料のため、未来の地球を守ることにもつながります。皆様のご支援をお待ちしております。よろしくお願いいたします。

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Risks and challenges

We will decide the details of the book based on interviews with the Urushi craftspeople once the book is funded.

If we experience delays in producing the book or film, we will be sure to send your Urushi product first.

詳細なコンテンツは、ファンディング成立後、職人さんへのインタビューをもとに決定するため、現状では確定しておりません。

本及びドキュメンタリービデオの作成に時間がかかりリターンの発送が遅延する可能性があります。その際、漆器のみ先に発送するなどの対策を取らせていただきます。

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    Spoon + Book

    A wooden Urushi spoon that leaves a soft touch on your lips. Because it is made of wood, it is extremely light. Our products are free of chemical coating and safe for children and the elderly. (postage included)

    天然木を使った口当たりが優しい漆塗りのスプーンです。木製スプーンですので、驚くほどの軽さとなっています。科学塗料を使用していないので、お子様から、ご年配の方まで安心してご使用いただけます。(送料込み)

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    Accessory box + Book

    We created these accessory cases so that people could enjoy Urushi even when they weren’t at the dining table. They feature beautiful hand-drawn designs and are lined with felt to protect your belongings. (postage included)

    「食卓以外でも漆器の良さをお楽しみいただきたい」そのような想いからこちらのアクセサリーケースは生まれました。ひとつずつ手描きで仕上げた絵柄の魅力はもちろん、実用面でも魅力を感じていただきたいと考え、内側にはアクセサリーを優しく保存できるよう、フェルト敷きの仕上げを施しました。(送料込み)

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    Chopsticks (pair)+ Book

    A wonderful item to brighten up everyday table settings. Using Urushi chopsticks adds a hint of luxury to your dining experience. (postage included)

    テーブルの一つ一つにこだわりたい食卓に華を添えるアクセント。日々の食卓に当たり前のものとしてある一つの道具だからこそ、贅沢に潤いを与えてくれる漆の箸はいかがでしょう。(送料込み)

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    Wine holder + Book

    Urushi lacquerware has a unique, glossy texture – a perfect match with Western tableware. This rocking wine holder adds a spice of fun to your table. (postage included)

    漆の持つ、独特の艷やかな質感は洋食器との相性も良いようです。遊び心のあるテーブルアクセサリーとしてお楽しみください。(送料込み)

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    Dragon Plate + Book

    Two kinds of gold brush marks individually hand-painted by an Urushi craftsman, expressing dynamism and power. (postage included)

    2種類の金の刷毛目は、一枚一枚手書きによるもの。躍動感と力強さを常に意識して描いております。(送料込み)

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    iPhone case + Book

    A smartphone case with Urushi coating. The beauty of “Makie” (an authentic Urushi art technique using gold and silver powders) will give you a sense of peace and warmth when you hold the phone. We provide cases for iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 8, X and XS(new one). (postage included)

    携帯電話のケースに漆工芸を施すことで、蒔絵の美しさに心安らいだり、手に触れたときには、ぬくもりを感じていただけます。iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 8, X, XS対応です。 (送料込み)

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    8GB USB flash drive + Book

    An everpresent office accessory shared with your co-workers and clients. You can humbly express yourself and stand out with this one-of-a-kind office accessory. (postage included)

    ふとした瞬間に会社の上司や同僚、部下、そして取引先のお客様など、目に触れることが多いオフィスアイテム。他の人とは違う自分だけのこだわりを表現していただきたいという思いを込めて製作しました。(送料込み)

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    A Ballpoint pen + Book

    This pen is a joy to have and to write with. A motif of “Nichigetstu” (Sun and Moon) or “Plum,” with a “Makie”-style design, on a Platinum fountain pen. (postage included)

    描くときだけでなく、持ち歩くときにも楽しめる品を。プラチナ万年筆製のボディにそれぞれ「日月」「梅」のモチーフを蒔絵で描いております。(送料込み)

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    Set of 5 spoons + Book

    A set of five wooden Urushi spoons that leave a soft touch on your lips. Because they are made of wood, they are extremely light. Our products are free of chemical coating and safe for children and the elderly. (postage included)

    天然木を使った口当たりが優しい漆塗りのスプーン。木製スプーンですので、驚くほどの軽さ。科学塗料を使用していないので、お子様から、ご年配の方まで安心してご使用いただけます。(送料込み)

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    Dragon salad bowl + Book

    Two gold brush marks individually hand-painted by an Urushi craftsman on a pure black Urushi body. This gorgeous, dragon-inspired bowl with a gold “Makie” will perfectly blend in the joyful atmosphere at a party scene, making your party even more glorious. (postage included)

    漆黒の上に存在する2種類の金の刷毛目。それは1枚1枚職人が手で描く金蒔絵で表現したものです。パーティーシーンなどの、非日常的なシーンで存在感を発揮します。龍の圧倒的な存在感が、周りの雰囲気に調和し、より一層華やかなものに演出してくれます。(送料込み)

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    Necklace + Book

    An irresistible piece of jewelry. Black, sparkling Swarovski crystal with gold “Makie.” With its state-of-the-art cutting techniques, Swarovski delivers the world’s highest quality crystals. This spectacular necklace combines crystal and “Makie,” a Japanese traditional handicraft with a long and illustrious history. (postage included)

    美しい輝きを放つ黒のSWAROVSKI に金粉で蒔絵を施したジュエリー です。精密にスペクトルが出るように計算された特別なカット技術を持ち、現在のクリスタル業界において世界最高水準の品質を誇るSWAROVSKI社製品。古来より、世界の人々を魅了してきた日本の伝統工芸「蒔絵」と合わせることで、存在感を放つネックレスとなりました。(送料込み)

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    Choker + Book

    A beautiful choker that features half the gold body coated with glamorous Urushi. This stylish yet functional jewelry matches your modern lifestyle. Simple and gorgeous, this Urushi-coated choker will add pizzazz to your style. (postage included)

    首元を美しく見せる、チョーカースタイルのジェリー。ゴールドボディーの半分を艶やかな漆に塗り上げることで日本の伝統を取り入れつつ現代のライフスタイルに沿うようなスタイリッシュな印象に仕上げております。シンプルな装いにもそっと華やぎを添いるアイテムとしてコーディネートのワンポイントにいかがでしょうか。(送料込み)

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    Wine cooler + Book

    The rich, shiny copper color contrasted with pure black is a perfect match to Western tableware. Perfect for your champagne and other wine bottles. It’s a stylish bowl made in contemporary Japanese style, which goes well with Western tableware. Your guests will be delighted when they see your homemade dishes paired with your favorite champagne in this “Byakudan” (sandalwood painting) wine cooler. (postage included)

    飴色と漆黒のコントラストは華やかな印象のシャンパンに合うことはもちろん、その他の洋食器と合わせてもお使いいただけます。お好みに合わせて食卓を演出してみてはいかがでしょうか。また、艷やかな和モダンな印象の器でございますので洋食が並んだ食卓にも合わせやすくより雰囲気を華やかに彩ることと思います。シャンパンクーラー白檀とともにお好きなシャンパンに合わせた料理を作り、お客様を招いての語らいの食卓をお楽しみください。(送料込み)

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    Set of 5 Placemats + Book

    Urushi trays are more common, but for a Western table, Urushi placemats without edges provide needed versatility. (postage included)

    昔から漆器は「お膳」として愛用されてきましたが、洋食器が増えた現代の食卓には、縁をなくしたマット型の「プレースマット」がとてもおすすめです。(送料込み)

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    Fountain pen with makie + Book

    A Sailor fountain pen with a traditional “Makie” design. A fascinating pen for its elaborate and elegant designs only possible with 3D Makie-style painting. (postage included)

    万年筆に伝統工芸である蒔絵を施した「蒔絵万年筆」はその立体的な美術描写が生み出す精緻さ、流麗さが魅力的な製品です。セーラー万年筆を蒔絵とともにお楽しみください。(送料込み)

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    Makie + Book

    A “Makie” version of “kohakubai-zu byobu” (The Folding Screen of Red and White Plum Blossoms) that had an enormous influence on the Japanese art world and artists around the world. The characteristics of plums were well captured in an unadorned painting style. The trunk was painted using a shading technique called “Tarashikomi” (colors are dripped or brushed into wet ink). The river flows with distinguished swirl patterns. It’s said to be a masterpiece from Korin Ogata, a renowned Japanese painter whose unique style is highly acclaimed. (postage included)

    日本の美術界に大きな影響を与え、世界中で流行したと言われている「紅白梅図屏風」。シンプルかつ華の特徴を捉えた梅の描き方。ぼかし技法”たらし込み”を用いた樹の幹。独特の渦巻き模様を組み合わせた水流など、独創的な画風が評価される光琳の芸術作品の中で最高傑作と呼ばれることもある「紅白梅図屏風」を蒔絵で再現いたしました。(送料込み)

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    Company logo in book and film + 10 books

    Sponsor company logos will be printed in our book. The name of the companies will also appear in the end credits of our documentary. (postage included)

    支援してくださった企業様のロゴを、製作する本に掲載いたします。また、映画のエンドロールのようにビデオの最後でご紹介します。加えて、会社の社員さんに読んでもらうため、本10冊提供させていただきます。(送料込み)

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    3D Makie Plate + Book

    A phoenix fantastically painted with a “Taka-makie” technique (lacquerwork in which multiple layers of “Makie” create a beautiful, embossed design). In order to bring the divine phoenix to life, genuine gold “Makie” designs were boldly layered and subtle attention was paid to every single feather. Special lacquering techniques such as“Nashiji” and “Raden” were lavishly used on details bringing the gorgeous art of Urushi to life. (postage included)

    何層も蒔絵を重ねることにより立体的な美しさを生む「高蒔絵」で幻想的な鳳凰を描きました。神々しい鳳凰の姿を形にできるよう、大胆に本金蒔絵を重ねていき、羽の一つ一つにも詳細な表現をしております。そして、細部には「梨地」「螺鈿」といった漆工芸を惜しみなく用い、漆工芸品ならではの華やかさを表現しております。(送料込み)

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