Kijiro Selection

Salad Bowl Utage 宴


 This Salad Bowl Utage () is a perfect fit for your salads, soups or cereals and such in your everyday meal. We Japanese have westernized our meals, so we now often have those dishes in everyday meals, and in those situations, lightweight but sturdy medium-sized bowls are often the time most used. The Utage () in Japanese refers to a formal drinking party or a banquet. So this name is to introduce a heightened feeling of joy from a feast in your everyday meals. As you may see the difference, the main characteristic of this bowl is the urushi lacquer finish called Kijiro (木地呂).  

This Salad Bowl Utage is made in Wajima city by an authentic Wajima-nuri manufacturer with skilled craftsmen. However, this is not Wajima-nuri lacquerware by definition, since it does not follow the Wajima-nuri process that has the thick non-transparent fine ceramic particle-based base urushi coating layers that are polished each time using hard abrasives.

Instead, this bowl is designed to show the grains of the wood and the texture of the cloths that are placed to enhance the abrasion durability of the lacquerware. These cloths are placed as same as all the Wajima-nuri lacquerware, however, in the Wajima-nuri, they are hidden inside in the non-transparent coatings.

The urushi lacquer is applied multiple times using the fuki-urushi coating method (coat and wipe raw natural urushi lacquer). It is done to realize the beauty of lacquer gloss and also achieve the durability of the lacquerware. And as the final finish, the thick Kijiro urushi (brownish transparent specially refined  top-coating natural urushi lacquer) is applied as the final top-coating.

This final Kijiro urushi coating defines the main characteristic of this lacquerware. The dark yet warm transparent thick Kijiro coating will show the texture of both the cloth and the wood grains beneath the coating, thereby adding characteristic depth as a whole. The total thick transparent multiple natural urushi lacquer layers will protect the robust core wood, thereby made to last. As a result, it has more of a wild and robust taste than other Japanese lacquerware.

 As your everyday modern lacquerware, this superb handmade Salad Bowl Utage is sure to fit into your table settings, oriental or western, and follow your creativity. Please enjoy using them.

 * Caution: The spoon in the photo is not include and is not for sale.


Place of Origin Wajima
Color Kijiro clear 
Size W 150 x D 150 x H 60 (mm) 
Weight  190 (g)
Content volume  350 (cc)
Base material Zelkova Wood

Countries (or Regions) we ship Regularly

Currently, the locations to which we ship our products internationally regularly are limited to the following countries or regions. This has been revised on Dec. 2022.  

  • Japan
  • Hong Kong (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China)
  • Republic of Singapore
  • Taiwan (Republic of China) 
  • United States of America 
  • Great Britain
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • New Zealand

We do ship to other countries based on the items and your request.

     We have shipped to several countries in Europe, many times, 

     but there are shipping conditions based on products for those areas.

     Please contact us at for further details. 

Shipping and handling fees (Revised Dec. 2022)

For limited destinations of;

  • Hong Kong 
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan

> Shipping and handling fees have changed, and it will be Free of Charge, when purchased over 45,000 JPY (approx. 330USD) per order. 

> Shipping and handling fees will be at the maximum 2,900 JPY (= approx.  22 USD) per order, it is when purchased less than 10,000 JPY.  It will decrease based on your purchase amount per order.

For other destinations,(US, EU, Oceania) please see the "International Shipping & Handling fees"  listed on the FOOTER below.

However in any case, please note that the international shipping and handling fees are exclusive of any customs duties and taxes levied by the country you are shipping to. 


Shipping operation

All orders are shipped from Kogei Styling in Tokyo, Japan. We operate Monday through Friday and are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Japanese National holidays. Orders submitted on Friday evening, Saturday, or Sunday (based on Japan Standard Time) will be processed on the following Monday (if Monday is a National Holiday then on the following business day), however, some exceptions may apply.

Due to the very slow international traffic, duration, before you receive your order, is expected as follows;

  • Hong Kong        3-5 days
  • Singapore        3-4 days
  • Taiwan           4-5 days
  • United States    8-12 days

Order tracking

All orders can be tracked during shipment and we will notify you of the tracking number and other necessary information as soon as it is available to us.

Shipping service providers

Based on the service quality and the reliability of the shipping company with respect to a particular order, we may use

Japan Post EMS (Express Quality Service by Japan Post Co.,Ltd., who also may use local posting operation at the destination countries), Yamato Transport Co., Ltd.   

for international shipments (local transportation may be handled by different local companies from time to time). All International shipments from Japan are by air.

 Shipping Insurance

For international shipping, shipping insurance (Maximum of 2,000,000 JPY per package) is included in the shipping and handling fees. Practically the full value of the products is insured. Important point is that the damage needs to be claimed by us Kogei Styling to the courier. And the courier will make an investigation based on our claim. Please be careful that once the shipment reaches its destination and accepted it may no longer be insured by the shipping insurance. So please let us know immediately if there is a problem with the  packaged arrived. 

Domestic Shipping within Japan

For domestic shipping within Japan, we collect consumption tax and charge shipping and handling fees. Domestic shipping and handling fees may be adjusted according to the size and the destination of your shipment.

For domestic shipping, the terms are identical to the terms for international shipping except that the maximum insured value is 300,000 JPY.

< Guide >

Our fine Japanese lacquerwares are basically made of genuine natural wood and natural urushi lacquer. The Worst things to the fine lacquerwares are Drying and giving Heat Shocks.

As an urushi lacquer's natural characteristics, it hardens most under humidity of 70-80% (RH) and a temperature of 20-25 degrees Celsius (68-77°F). Therefore, humidity is good for urushi lacquer, by nature, and for the base wood as well.

Just keeping the fine Japanese lacquerware in a dry cupboard all through a year is not what you want to do. Periodic Use is the Best Care for your fine Japanese lacquerware since the Moisture it gives to both the lacquer and the wood maintains and extends the quality and the life of both.

Japanese natural urushi lacquerware will literary shine more after your use, due to the moisture given, and the repeated use and wiping with a soft cloth. This is proof of the natural urushi lacquer product and authenticity. It does not happen with a chemical product. 

Please be a little careful not to scratch fine lacquerwares with rough ceramics or metals, urushi lacquer coatings are tough but not hard as them. When putting them away, please try to keep your fine Japanese lacquerware from the direct sunlight. Urushi lacquer is vulnerable to UV rays. 


< Care Instructions for Genuine Lacquerware >

  • Please Do NOT use the lacquerware in a microwave oven.
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  • Please Do NOT use the lacquerware in a dishwasher and dryer.

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  • Please Do NOT leave the lacquerware in a refrigerator for a long time. A couple of hours is OK.

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  • Please Do NOT expose the lacquerware in the direct sunlight for a long time.

    • An example indicator for the acceptable duration is that your exposed skin can accept.
      The reason is that the UV rays will degrade the urushi lacquer coating from its structure.

  • Please wash by hand using lukewarm water with a soft sponge using liquid mild detergents. 

  • Please avoid using a scrub sponge or hard sponge that might scratch the surface.

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  • Please wipe with a dry soft cloth after rinse.

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  • Please do not stack lacquerwares on/under coarse or rough ceramics, it will damage the surface.

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  • Please avoid using metal silverware directly on them.

  • In case if there is a crack or a chip, please contact us for a repair. Water or any liquid will permeate through those cracks and in the long run it will damage the coatings and the lacquerware.

If you handle with care, it will shine through your life.

* This instruction is not intended for antique or collectible fine Japanese lacquerware. They should be treated specially since they may have small cracks in the lacquer coatings that permeate through to the core wood.

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