Kamakura-bori is a type of lacquerware from the city of Kamakura, in the near south of Tokyo.
The name "bori" literally means "to carve". This lacquerware has beautiful patterns carved in the wood before the lacquer layer is applied. It makes beautiful boxes with "3D" extruded shapes and has a real sens of elegance.
It has 800 years of history and the tradition is still alive. Actually, my (the writer) mother-in-law, is a 89 year old woman in really good shape, and she has been learning for 40 years as an apprentice of Kamakura-bori. It takes a lot of time to create such delicate artworks.
She makes me realize what is truly important in life through taking good care of items to last longer, feeling much more grateful towards food, taking light exercise everyday and appreciating a common day like today.
Family traditions always pass on to the next generation.