Junichi Hakose

Our creative activities have been disrupted from the Day 1, 2024.

Due to the massive earthquake on Jan.1, 2024, the City of Wajima in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan has turned into rubble and ashes.  

We have been fortunate enough that the lives of our people of Hakose Workshop are safe, however, most of our people have lost their houses and belongings and valuable lacquerworks, materials, and tools, and so on.    

We do not have a clue how can we come back to the creative activities, with our base totally lost.

The City of Wajima is still lacking lifelines and fundamental infrastructures in many many areas and the roads have not yet recovered.   

Wajima Hakose Junichi Workshop Totally Collapsed by Jan.1 2024 Noto Peninsula Earthquake

The Hakose Workshop

The main workshop has collapsed completely

The two old storage houses have totally collapsed.

Photo: Storage House

<Your Kind Donations are Deeply Appreciated  from Hakose Kobo>

The Noto Peninsula Earthquake that occurred on January 1, 2024 destroyed our house, that was also our main workshop, along with  two of our warehouses, that also functioned as a workshop. 

It will take time and with a lot of effort, but we would like to rebuild the workshop. For our staff who have worked with us for many years and for the future of Wajima lacquerware. 

The damage caused by the earthquake is so devastating that we would like to kindly ask for your  help for us to stand up again.

We would deeply appreciate your kind donations for us to rivive. And we thank you very much for your warm thoughts and your kind help.  

We plan to use your donations to rescue our valuable tools and artworks, to provide living funds for the workshop staff, and to rebuild the workshop. We will keep you posted on the details on how we can become available.

If you would like to contribute to the donation, please let us know your name, phone number, address, and email address via Instagram, X, email (shino.hakose@gmail.com), or whatever is convenient for you. We will provide you with a bank transfer address. We are currently applying for Paypal and will contact you when it is complete.


Maki-e, urushi lacquer work,

what is needed here?

Tools, materials, techniques…

Of course they are essential.

But those alone are not enough to create a “piece of work”,

let alone,

attract your eyes of love for beauty.


          What is more important than skilled work of hands,


               It’s the will and the curiosity

In search of scenery that strikes me

I travel out to different cultures

It is such that curiosity 

I am struck by what I experience
Being moved by what is felt

I realize what I want to cherish and what remains unchanged

  There’s nothing to be wasted


Thoughts and emotions that come up day to day

                      are the souls of the “piece of work”

If this “piece of work” was caught in your eyes,

and if it appealed its existence,

and left some feelings inside of you,

I hope that those feelings will be cherished, connected, and passed on and on.


            It’s not just from us to you

                        Those are the thoughts that connect the past to the future


                  Which is a thought, 

                               called the tradition


Van Cleef& Arpels
Junichi Hakose


It has been more than 10 years since the Collaboration with Van Cleef & Arpels first started.

In the summer of 2019, a project took place in Wajima.

There is a collection, called Papillon Laqué, which is butterfly jewelry decorated with maki-e lacquer.
The creation process of the Papillon Laqué collection was filmed.

Hakose’s mind, heart, and passion towards this Collaboration are finely captured in this film.

With the courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels, we proudly present  this film to you.

This Collaboration is a Jewel for us.
Please take a look.

Motifs; Its position, numbers, expression,
What is universal,
those to be loved,

Introduction to Maki-e Techniques

The Maki-e;
is about drawing something familiar, rather than what is imaginary

That is where we start