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Nozomu Takagi, a lacquerware master, established this new studio in 2017 after 13 years of training in Kyoto, Japan, to carry on the techniques of Kyoto lacquerware.
Kyo-lacquerware flourished with the introduction of lacquer culture from the ancient capital of Nara to the Heian period in 794.
Having developed along with the tea ceremony, it possesses an inner beauty of wabi( simple elegance) and sabi( refinement).
Discerning tea masters, who were involved in the tea ceremony in various ways, required tea caddies, confectionery containers, trays, and other items to serve matcha tea.
The studio produces tea ceremony utensils and tableware, and also repairs and restores arts and crafts, such as the restoration of the Ofunaboko floats used in the Gion Festival.
[045-02] Advanced level：Visit the Studio and experience authentic lacquer painting and Matcha serving experience Show detail
Visitors can try their hand at lacquering a straw or spoon made of wood from Keihoku, Kyoto, using the Kyoto-purified Urushi lacquerware technique.Show detail
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about 1.5 hour
Lacquer is the sap of the lacquer tree, a precious gift of nature that can only be extracted from a mature tree 10 to 15 years old in the amount of one milk bottle.
We have been purchasing the collected lacquer and refining and blending it.
As time goes by, the refining technology and equipment have progressed, and we have changed from the hand-made Kurome at the beginning of the company to the mechanical refining using a “kurome bachi,” or literally, “blackened bowl.”
Our appreciation for lacquer has remained unchanged since the company’s founding: “Not even a drop of lacquer should be wasted.
We are providing a lacquer that meets the needs of our customers.