JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFT AOYAMA SQUAR
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This form of marquetry began at the post town in the mountains of Hakone about the middle of the 19th century. At first it was mainly an unstructured form of marquetry or one using a simple pattern. Then in the 1870s, marquetry skills from around Shizuoka were introduced and now Hakone Yosegi Zaiku is well known for its extremely fine handwork and as being the only craft of its kind in Japan.
The mountains here are one of the few places in Japan where there are so many different species of trees. The rich variety of timbers they yield are expressed in the repeated geometric patterns of this marquetry making the most of the natural color of each wood for such things as boxes, coasters, trays and a number of other household items including small items of cabinetry.