Fuki-urushi experience at Tsutsumi Asakichi Urushi Shop


Hello Reader,

During our visit to Tsutsumi Asakichi Urushi Shop, we were gifted a Fuki-urushi set to be able to experience one of raw lacquer application techniques.

Fuki-urushi application method is the easiest way to try your hand at lacquering your own objects of everyday use (chopsticks, bowls, plates, lunch boxes). Just be aware that depending on your constitution and physical condition, natural urushi lacquer may cause a skin rash, so please wear plastic gloves and long-sleeved clothes to minimize skin exposure while handling it.

Our version of the lacquering kit included 2 pairs of chopsticks, a tube of urushi lacquer, a bottle of turpentine oil, a spatula and sheets of polishing paper. After mixing a bit of urushi with some turpentine oil and applying the obtained mix to the chopsticks, we just had to wipe it off with paper to create a glossy finish.

Fuki-urushi is a simple technique that allows to appreciate the texture and beautiful grain of the wood. After the first coating of lacquer is applied, you can repeat the process a couple of days later to finish the surface of the wood even further and deepen the colour.

While the full-scale lacquering involves many steps and requires advanced techniques and experience, the Fuki-urushi lacquering technique is perfect for first-timers.

By the way, we got a note that Tsutsumi Asakichi Urushi Shop has recently undergone renovation and is ready to receive locals and tourists alike to encourage exchange and connection around urushi lacquer. We think the shop looks gorgeous and welcoming, judge for yourself ↓

Image courtesy of Tsutsumi Asakichi Urushi
Image courtesy of Tsutsumi Asakichi Urushi
Image courtesy of Tsutsumi Asakichi Urushi

If you wish to visit the refinery, learn more about urushi lacquer and receive you own Tableware lacquer kit, book your experience here: Tsutsumi Asakichi Lacquer Shop Co.

Words & images by Anastasiya Bulkavets (