A brand of two halves, Japanese lacquerware company, Tokeshi, was founded by Tokeshi Hiroyuki and Ai, both born in Japan’s subtropical Okinawa islands. Both, however, trained separately in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture. This area is well known for its lacquerware, which has been produced since at least the 1300s. One trained as a woodworking craftsman, the other as a lacquerer, using urushi (Japanese lacquer). After seven years of training, both returned to Okinawa to establish their workshop together.