URUSHI – Refined Natural Lacquer 

Urushi is the natural resin collected from the lacquer tree, a plant native only to Asia.  

Refined into a coating and adhesive material, urushi has been used in Japan since the ancient Jomon period, 10,000 years ago.

Much like the process of an oyster creating a pearl, when the lacquer tree is cut or damaged, it secretes resin to heal and protect itself.  The lacquer trees must be carefully raised and nurtured for 10 to 15 years to mature, and even then only about 200 grams of resin can be collected.  It is thus a natural resource of great scarcity and value. From these trees the lacquer tapper slowly collects the resin over a period of about 5 months.

The coating film of Urushi exudes a warm sense of intimacy when in contact with the skin that can almost be likened to the touch of an infant’s skin.  With antibacterial and disinfectant properties, it is also provides an exceptional sense of security.  urushi is a totally natural lacquer, and with use develops a distinct, deeply refined luster and texture which cannot be reproduced with chemically developed coating materials.  This naturally fosters strong feelings of attachment and deference.  Furthermore, damage and wear can be repaired by reapplying the urushi coating.  In this way lacquerware can be passed down for generations.  Learning to use things with care, developing feelings of gratitude and appreciation to previous generations for what they have bequeathed us.  Although urushi is most generally associated with very expensive, high-class articles, its enduring and repairable qualities make it extremely suitable for everyday goods.



10年から15年かけて育てた木から 200gほどしかとれない貴重な自然の恵み。