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shipping to U.S.A.

Currently, we are unable to ship to the U.S.A. Due to the shutdown on almost all the conventional air package freight. 

We're very sad about this bad situation that the people in the U.S.A. are facing, and we sincerely hope and pray that they will overcome the threat from the COVID-19 and resume to normal life soon.

Fine Lacquerware Online

Welcome to Japanese Lacquerware Specialty Store

Welcome to Kogei Styling, the Japanese Lacquerware specialty store online.  

"Lacquerware" is "Shikki" in Japanese and writes "漆器". Here the first character "漆" means "Urushi" and the second character "器" means "ware", so it is "Urushi-ware", by definition. 

With more than 7000 years of history as formal or festive items, Japanese lacquerware has evolved to create highly artistic items. Then this tradition was carried on to create fine and beautiful yet durable tableware. 

Unfortunately, nowadays, this tradition is diminishing and it is becoming rarer and rarer to find genuine lacquerware in stores. We Kogei Styling will assure you with our pride that you will be able to find a genuine Japanese Lacquerware here. 

Please come on in!

Wajima-nuri Guinomi Sake Cup Hou-ou by Wajimaya Zen-ni from Kogei Styling - Fine Japanese Lacquerware Online

Featured products

Hida Shunkei Bento Hime-maru Fine Japanese Urushi Lacquerware Kogei Styling

Hida Shunkei 飛騨春慶

Two-tiered box Hime-maru 姫丸二段重

¥16,000

Japanese Consumption Tax

Duty Free

Japanese regulation requires all the retail price tag to include Japanese consumption tax in its price amount. However, if it is duty free sales the regulation do not apply. Therefore please be on notice that our price tags DO NOT INCLUDE Japanese consumption tax.

Offering FREE

GIFT Wrapping

We offer a free gift wrapping like the package shown.

For this free gift wrapping please mention that you want the "GIFT WRAPPING" in the MEMO when you make your order or please e-mail us as soon as you made your order. 

The color of the wrapping paper (Japanese handmade Washi 和紙 paper) is currently limited only in purple shown and the ribbon color could be chosen from  pink or brown(shown). 

Please allow us additional 1 day for this gift wrapping, before shipping. 

Urushi

Valuable Natural Sap

Urushi lacquer is a natural sap extract from the Urushi trees.  The Urushi sap is a curing aid medium of the tree itself while the tree is harmed. Therefore, the Urushi sap has many outstanding characteristics for protections.

Only about 200 ml (one cup) of the Urushi sap could be collected from an Urushi tree of 15years of age, and that's it. The tree will be mostly cut down after the sap is collected, for a new tree to be planted.

The sap collection is a total work of hand by Urushi sap collector, who is becoming extremely rare in Japan. 

Raw Urushi

Ready to be Used

This Urushi is raw Urushi, collected and just filtered and cleaned. It is ready to be used in the base coatings, since it has the best adheision strength. For other coatings, such as the middle or top coatings, the raw Urushi sap is refined and adjusted and adding various pigment colorants for a distinctive look. 

(courtesy of Wajimaya Zen-ni)

Wood Carving

Fine Craftsmanship

Our lacquerware, especially all of our Wajima lacquerware is carved by hand, which has become a rare case in Japan. But the warmth that you feel from the lacquerware that fits in your hands is also a result of the fine works by the woodworking craftsmen.

Base coating

Wajima-nuri

This thick base coating is one of the most distinctive process of Wajima-nuri. The photo is showing the Sanpen-ji (三辺地,The third Wajima urushi base lacquer) coating, the finest  particle of Wajima Diatomite mixed with urushi lacquer is applied. This is close to the last of total base coating process of Wajima-nuri, which consists of 14 to 16 individual processes by  itself. This extensive Wajima base coating is done to make the lacquerware  durable.

(courtesy of Wajimaya Zen-ni)

Most important but not known

Polishing

The polishing is a very important process in Japanese Lacquerware, especially in the case of Wajima-nuri. The polishing is amazingly done each time by hand after various coatings are done. So the polishing and coating is a set and functions to create each layer more durable and finer. The polishing process is often hidden and not mentioned, but it has a huge role. And remember, each time coating or polishing is done you need at least a day to cure. 

 

(courtesy of Wajimaya Zen-ni)

Becoming Lacquerware

Urushi - Nuri

The Picture is showing a middle coating process. Urushi coating is a work of hands.  

(courtesy of Wajimaya Zen-ni)

Fine Urushi Decoration

Maki-e

The craftsmanship seen in Maki-e(蒔絵)is the highlight of the Japanese Lacquerware. Drawing a fine and elegant line with an Urushi is an extremely difficult task since the Urushi is very sticky. The masters of Maki-e will use a special fine Maki-e brush made by the hair of a rat, which is no longer available, sadly, due to the diminishing of the Maki-e brush making craftsman also with the rat hunter who prepared the fur. The brush shown is the brush made of the hair of a rat.

 

(courtesy of Junichi Hakose)

Let us help answer your questions on Japanese Lacquer

What are you looking for ?

Please feel free and ask us anything about Japanese Lacquerwork.

We value your time and effort to let us know, so we will do our best to answer your questions.  

Literally, any question is fine, as long as it has something to do with Japanese Lacquerwork. Please utilize our expertise to explore your interest in the deep and lustrous world of Japanese Lacquerwork.

- Are you looking for any products ?

- Are you looking for any solutions ?

- Are you looking for any information ?

We believe your question may be the door to the future of Japanese lacquerwork!

No obligation is attached. We guarantee it!

>> Let us answer your Questions.
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Endangered Species

Why we are here

We think that authentic "Japanese lacquerware" is an "endangered species".

Japanese lacquerware is an everyday item. Everyday item is an item that is mass-produced for mass-market users. Authentic Japanese lacquerware had been extremely well mass-produced by hand from the ancient days, to be efficient and to be cost-competitive under mass volume demand.

Everyday item competes for price and volume in the mass market dynamics. The lacquerware market price has been suppressed by the competition with so-called lacquerware made in plastics.

 If the market price-volume demand does not meet the supply, the production could not exist. The current production of authentic Japanese lacquerware depends heavily on highly veteran craftsmen with an income from pensions already. They will not be participating in manufacturing 10 years from now and the cost for craftsmen could not be the same as those veterans.

So there is very little room for everyday lacquerware to exist unless we find more avenue for demand.

Therefore, we thank you very much for your interest in Japanese lacquerware. Your warm thoughts and interests are profoundly helping us to sustain our valuable tradition of Japanese lacquerware for the future. This means; that our grandchildren may still have a chance to make authentic Japanese lacquerware and use it in his era.