We are makers of fine Buddhist altars and other items related to Buddhism (such as memorial tablets), inheriting 400 years of lacquerware expertise in the city of Aizuwakamatsu located in the North of Honshu, Japan.

The Alte Meister Company was founded back in 1900 when we first started business as a maker of fine Buddhist altars and other religious items, but our skills and expertise are built on 400 years of history. The foundation of the Aizu lacquerware industry was laid by Ujisato Gamo (1556-1595), appointed as the ruler of the Aizu area by Nobunaga Oda, the warlord who united Japan. Gamo gathered many skilled craftsmen to the Aizu region and began what was to become a thriving and important industry for the area. We have inherited and improved on the skills passed down by these craftsmen to produce a range of beautiful and fine products. We control all areas of our business from procurement, production, and wholesale to retail sales and aftercare. This way, we can produce the best quality products from the best quality material available and we can swiftly react to the needs of our customers.

New designs to meet changing lifestyles

The 1990s and 2000s have brought about further westernisation to the Japanese family. With this change has come a shift in the way people look to prayer and religious ceremony as part of their lives. To cater for this change in attitudes and lifestyles, we have worked closely with top designers to create new and elegant products that suit the lifestyles of customers today.

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