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Nōtan Serving Tray


A striking tray hand crafted in Kakunodate, a former samurai town in today’s Akita Prefecture, famous for its samurai traditions and hundreds of weeping cherry trees.

It’s a stunning example of kabazaiku (樺細工), the traditional Japanese art of fashioning woodworks out of the bark of a cherry tree, which began as a secondary vocation for samurai in the town over 200 years ago. These skills and techniques have been passed on artisan to artisan through the generations.

The surface of the tray is crafted from contrasting bands of polished ‘migaki-dashi’ and raw chirashi cherry wood bark. They work in beautiful harmony.

Suitable for serving tea to guests, as a sweet or fruit platter or to keep bits and bobs tidy on a desk.

Comes gift boxed.

Measures approx. 30cm wide. With a strong plywood base and lacquer finish. Wipe clean with a soft wet or dry cloth and dry thoroughly.

Presented wrapped in a gift box and tissue paper.

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