I imagine the traditional lacquer material is not used that
much and the process now uses less irritating materials. Jesse
Actually, traditional lacquer use is alive and well in Japan. It is
still used in the production of food serving utensils, alters and
shrines, traditional masks and musical instruments, and many other
objects. There is also a strong contemporary lacquer crafts movement.
There are also many amateur lacquerers. There are shops in Japan
where you can pick a ready made wooden form, and lacquer it, much
like the decorate your own ceramics shops here in the US.