Ohara is the 16th successor of Jigoemon, a title passed down from father to son in the Ohara family since 1575. Passed along with the title is the traditional decorative technique for making Johana Maki-e lacquerware. Ohara strenuously creates his works in Johana, Nanto City, Toyama and also participates in the preservation and repair of Johana festival floats. With each successor working to improve and find new ways to express their work, Johana Maki-e has been handed down from generation to generation, surviving through periods of great change such as the Meiji restoration and World War II.
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