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【Urushi】History of Japanese Lacquer(Urushi)2015.02.26

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Japanese Lacquer(Urushi), which Japanese people are proudly presenting to the world, has been considered as an art for centuries. Not only they used it for chopsticks and plates but also as a strong glue to create Makie(gold or silver lacquer) and Raden(mother-of-pearl inlay). In addition, it is also used for restoration of traditional temples such as Chusonji Konjikido and Kinkakuji. Urushi has many backgrounds because of its abilities.

History of Urushi has started at least from 9000years ago, in Jyomon period because people knew the characteristics In Edo period(1603~), during the Sakoku(national isolation), Urushi plates, called Shikki, had come down to Europe through the Netherlands. It has antibacterial and preservation abilities, which mean it is considered very eco-friendly and safe products. To deliberate the sustainability of traditional temples, Japanese people used it, knowing its potentials.

It is actually clear liquid, so the mixture of color creates deep black and Chinese red which use for plates. One of the components of Urushi is the contrast of the color and foods. Please enjoy one of the beautiful Japanese Cultures.

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