Lacquerware artisans are still displaced by earthquake in Japan

Thousands of people are still displaced following an earthquake in Ishikawa prefecture in Japan on Jan. 1. The epicenter of the quake was on the Noto Peninsula, an area known for its deep traditions, including a distinct style of lacquered tableware and teaware made in the town of Wajima. The earthquake triggered a fire in Wajima, and lacquerware craftspeople lost workshops full of specialized tools. Hannah Kirshner caught up with some of these artisans in the Yamanaka Onsen, at the southwest corner of Ishikawa, where some have relocated to see how the move might redefine this centuries-old craft. 

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