No important new developments have taken place during modern times in Japans lacquer manufacture.
Nomura Seisuke, or Ninsei as he is commonly called, was one of Japans greatest ceramists.
But their skill as decorators was as great as its range was wide, and they produced a multitude of masterpieces on which alone Japans ceramic fame might safely be rested.
This page in the modern history of Japans bronzes needs little alteration to be true of her applied art in general.
The sequence of events appears to have been this:Japans earliest contact with an oversea people was with the Koreans, and she made some tentative efforts to adapt their alphabet to the expression of her own language.