Iwayado Tansu, Iwate, Oct 2013 (49 images)
Iwayado Tansu chests of drawers and other wooden furniture have been made in the city of Oshu since the 1780s. The craft furniture is noted for its rich urushi lacquer finish and finely-wrought metalwork fittings. Some contain secret compartments for storing valuables. Traditionally they were given as part of a bride's dowry and a top quality chest of drawers can cost as much as 1 million yen (10,000 dollars).