It is said that Echizen chest first began during the Nara period in the eighth century.
Echizen chest is characterized by unique joinery using Japanese zelkova and paulownia, an abundant usage of decorative metal fittings and lacquering, and stately designs.
Echizen chest is also deeply connected to other traditional regional crafts, including the use of Echizen metal tools to make the decorative fittings as well as Echizen lacquerware.
Tansu-machi, a major production center for Echizen chest which took shape between the late Edo period and Meiji period, still harbors many chest artisans even today.
A local cafe and favorite relaxation spot.
A tasteful, soothing space in a remodeled traditional kura warehouse.
As part of an event in which a portrait of Buddhist priest Rennyo is placed in a covered wagon and paraded between the Higashi Hongan-ji Temple in Kyoto and Yoshizaki in the city of Awara, the wagon stops at the Cho’on-ji temple for an evening.