Work signed on the inside of the lid: Hokudō saku (Made by Hokudō). The accompanying tomobako storage box is inscribed on the outside: Yakushin maki-e suzuribako (Maki-e writing box, “Onrush”), and inscribed on the inside: Hokudō Yamazaki Kakutarō saku (made by Hokudō Yamazaki Kakutarō) with seals Yamazaki and Hokudō
Bio of Yamazaki Kakutarō: Born in Toyama, Yamazaki graduated from Tokyo Art School in 1924 and received a Gold Medal at the 1925 Paris Expo. From 1928 he was Assistant Professor at Tokyo Art School and juror at the Nitten and successor exhibitions from 1939. In 1961 he set up the Gendai Kōgei Bijutsuka Kyōkai (Contemporary Craft Artist Association); he received many national awards and is known for his colorful, painterly lacquer designs.