Tokyo Area

Carve your own glowing lacquer bowl

Carve your own glowing lacquer bowl

from 144.00

*$144 is the price per participant

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Experience Includes |

  • 10 min - History of Japanese Lacquerware & a tour of the studio

  • 40 min - Carving your own wooden bowl

  • 40 min - Polishing your own lacquerware

Availability |

Monday - Friday
Session 1 (10:00 - 11:30)
Session 2 (14:00 - 15:30)

Number of Participants:
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Odawara, Kanagawa
1 hr 15mins away from Tokyo Sta.

Offered in Japanese 

1.5 hr Experience

2 people max.

About Urushi |

Urushi | Oo・Roo・Shi
Traditional Japanese lacquerware

Shining with a glossy, deep finish, the red and black Japanese lacquerware is authentically inspired by nature, with the core of shikki and the lacquer itself both originating from trees. The organic lacquer is made from the sap of the Urushi tree, which is collected by scraping the trees, and refining and aging the sap. After the core wood is shaped using a lathe and dried using various methods, the first layer of urushi is applied to the wood. This only is the first in many layer of patient applications of urushi.  Black lacquer is applied second, in the process of irourushi-nuri, and further layerers of black or red lacquer can be applied depending on what color the final product will be. Finally, the final step is kijiro-nuri, where clear lacquer is applied, culminating in many layers of lacqer that eventually render the underlying wood resistant to water, salt, alkali, acid, and alcohol and thus also preventing it from rotting. This completely natural lacquer means that the shikki is completely safe for human use, and the smooth finish and rich, inviting sheen of the lacquer, makes shikki perfect vessels for food as well.


Things to note |

  • Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance.

  • Offered in Japanese

  • Translation available as option, with additional charge

Cancellation Policy |

  • See cancellation policy here.

* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.