• HISTORY OF URUSHI

    Stone-age people first discovered the useful properties of the urushi tree and took advantage of its adhesive properties to mount points on spears and arrows. The Japanese of the Jomon period about 7,000 years ago recognized the durability and shiny beauty of urushi and began using it to coat wood, pottery, baskets and bone objects. The arrival of Buddhism in Japan made lacquer production a key industry as it was used together with cloth to create Buddhist images.

    From that time onward, as Japanese culture developed, so did its use of lacquer and its application to bowls, plates, trays, sake cups, boxes, combs and other objects. As Japanese civilization developed, lacquerware techniques continuously incorporated ever more refined styles. The Nara period (710-794) saw the birth of the maki-e decoration technique in which gold ''dust'' was decoratively sprinkled on the lacquer surface.

    Urushi is widely used in the tools and utensils of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It was also used for the altars of Buddhist temples and in the making of armour, helmets, swords, and other implements of war. In the Edo period (1600-1868), personal accessories made with urushi such as medicine cases, combs and hairpins became widely popular. Today, urushi continues to be used in its traditional forms as well as modern, new ways.

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      CRAFTSMANSHIP

      The production process for all of our basic items are done in Japan. We believe it is important to continue in our effort to pass the craftsmanship down the generations since lacquer is rarely tapped in Japan now (we use the lacquer imported from Asia).

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      WARMTH OF NATURE

      Bowls and chopsticks, tableware that touch our mouths are coated with lacquer, nature’s bounty. We believe it important so that one can feel the warmth of nature.

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      WOODEN PRODUCTS

      In Japan where table manners require holding bowls with your hands, it is inevitable to use gentle wooden products. All of our bowls are made of wood, following our ancestors’ wisdom. Tableware made from natural wood allows the heat to be gently transmitted to your hands and mouth.

  • CARE OF LACQUERWARE

    • 1. Wash in luke warm water with a soft cloth and rinse.
    • 2. Avoid direct sunlight.
    • 3. Keep away from stoves or heaters and avoid excessive dryness and humidity.
    • 4. Do not stack on top of other lacquer products.
    • 5. Wipe off fingerprints.
    • 6. To restore luster, polish with a soft dry cloth and, if necessary, apply a few drops of vegetable oil.
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