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AIZU LACQUER WARE Pair Rice Bowls (Miso Soup Bowls) Set

$ 69.00
was $ 81.00
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Beautiful Aizu Lacquer ware Rice Bowls for beautiful couples.  This hand crafted pieces are made in Aizu area of Japan using the local materials.

 Japanese urushi lacquer is made from the sap of the urushi tree.  Urushi lacquer resists corrosion and wears well.  It resists heat, bacteria and has high insulation properties.  Lacuqer coats do not allow the passage of hydrogen molecules, making them excellent sealants.  There are three stages in Aizu-nuri: "kiji," or forming the base of wood; "nuri," which is the application of lacquer coatings to seal and protect the object; and "kashoku," decoration of the surface.

 Don't be confused by plastic made lacquer ware you may find on the market.  You will find a few different types of lacquer ware on the market - 

 

1) Real Wood Lacquer ware

made in Japan

Use trees such as zelcova and Japanese horse chestnut in japan and polish in Japan.

The most expensive kind.  It would be over $30 for a small bowl and up to $200 in well known department stores and speciality stores.

2) Real Wood Lacquer ware

made in China

Use natural trees and lacquer polished in China.

They are around $5 and available in many retail stores.

3) Read Wood Lacquer ware

imported from China and

lacquer polished in Japan

Made in China then imported to Japan 

to re-polish.

They are around $12 through $25 and available in department stores and speciality stores.

4) Plastic Lacquer ware

Use ABS plastic or ABS plastic combined with wood chips then lacquered.

They are around $8 through $25 available in department stores and speciality stores.

(5) Plastic ware polished

with Ulethane Resin

Use ABS plastic or ABS plastic combined with wood chips then polished with ulethane resin.

They are available in supermarket or doller stores for $1 through $5. Often they are microwave safe.

 

2) and 3) are getting dominant even in Japan because of the price and consequently the real lacquer ware truly made in Japan are getting harder to find.  $50 for a bowl may not be the cheapest but the piece of art handcrafted by prestigious artisans that you can use every day is totally worth.

Genuine Aizu Lacquer ware is very hard to find in the US.  Our Aizu Lacquer ware come from the prestigious potteries that have been in business for a very long time in the Aizu area.  You will surely enjoy beautiful gloss and cool feel of traditional Aizu Lacquer ware.

 

HOW TO CARE URUSHI LACQUER WARE

 

1) This includes but is not limited to direct sunlight, halogen lamps, black lights, and disinfecting cabinets. Exposure to ultraviolet light will cause discoloration as well as cracking, crazing and deterioration of surface luster. To maintain prevent minor cosmetic changes in color, urushi should be stored in a dark place when not in use. It is also recommended that you place a tissue or a cloth between the lacquerware, wrap them, and avoid extremely dry environment if they are not used for a long time.

 

2) Although urushi can withstand many every day chemicals such as alcohol, acids and bases, it will not withstand some harsher chemicals. Rinse out in warm water and put watered-down mild detergent liquid on a dishcloth or a soft non abrasive sponge and wash gently If greased on. After washing, drain and dry with a cloth before dried out. Dishwashers are also not recommended because of the high heat and rapid temperature changes involved.

 

3) Although urushi itself can withstand very high temperatures, most lacquerware has wood, resin or hard rubber as a core. Microwaves can also cause excessive drying and cause a piece to craze or crack or the metal powder or foil used in the lacquer will react adversely to the microwave radiation. Putting in microwave will damage your lacquer ware.

 

Dimensions: 4.53 " x 4.53 " x 2.76 " 
Weight: 1.1lb

 

Shipped in 2 to 3 days.

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