produced by Tohoku Kogei
Our unique lacquering technique, in which the articles are sprinkled with silver powder and coated with transparent urushi lacquer combined with dyestuff, was developed as a national policy particularly for use on our export products. The patented technique adds new excelling brightness and vibrancy to meet the preference of our overseas customers.
The first process is to repeatedly polish plain irregular surfaces and scratches to, the base material, which is usually made of wood, metal, glass or resin, until it is ready for the overcoat. After being coated and polished many times, the surface becomes smoother and stronger. This is an important process since the quality of lacquerware is determined by its base.
Red and green Tamamushi urushi lacquers are applied to the piece. This process requires technical proficiency. The craftspeople readjust the blending of lacquers according to the humidity and temperature, and coat the article evenly. This elaborate process is reiterated with the greatest care lest dust and dirt attach themselves to the piece or the coating be applied unevenly.
The showroom in Sendai, the birthplace of Tohoku Kogei, sells signature products as well as new lines such as ‘TOUCH CLASSIC’, and also displays pieces for presentation to the Japanese Imperial family and other items only available on-site. Visitors can select products at their own pace while enjoying tea in the brightly lit room. We also have videos to explain the manufacturing process and help desks for visitors looking for gifts or wedding favors.