Over 50 pieces of traditional craftwork (dento kogei) are on display on the Asuka II cruise ship for a project organized by the Japan Kogei Association, a Tokyo-based group comprising artisans nationwide, and Anchor Ship Partners Co., a shareholder of the company that operates the leisure liner.

The pieces, ranging from ceramics and lacquerware to metalware and textiles, are all made by master artisans, many of whom are designated as Living National Treasures. Pieces are incorporated into the ship’s interior including restaurants, corridors and even some select cabins.

Organizers hope that the project will create a positive ripple effect for kogei as the ship travels the seas, docking in different countries and exposing the world to Japanese traditional craft.