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Urushi art that attracted Marie Antoinette

Yesterday I mentioned that urushi is also medium for artistic expression. Urushi art was once sought after by many of the European nobility. As the beautiful book “Japanese Export Lacquer 1580 – 1850” mentions, many museums and palaces in Europe house Japanese lacquer cabinets, chests or coffers. Marie Antoinette was one of the passionate collectors …

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Why Ms. Minegishi has to generate more awareness of her craft

A good friend of mine forwarded me a link to the New York Times article “Lacquer to Wear” (thank you, Rebecca!). I’m thrilled that Ms. Minegishi’s beautiful artwork using natural lacquer called urushi (漆) was featured by a major US newspaper, because that’s exactly what I would like to see more of.  Many thanks to …

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What I want to share

What do I want to share with my future readers? As my name indicates, I’m originally from Japan, having lived in the US for 22 years.  Over the course of these years I have noticed that people in the US are more interested in things Japanese.  Were there so many sushi restaurants as there are …

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