Fuki-urushi — A technique that highlights the beauty of the grain of the wood

Back to urushi…. My guess is that urushi must have initially been used to adhere different materials or to protect wood from any damage. Creativity of human being must have been nurtured to seek for beauty as well as function. Over the long history of urushi, many different techniques have evolved. The video below features …

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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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