Urushiol-Lacquer (Urushi) crafting is a craft technique which is unique to the Oriental side of the world and Japanese Urushi craft works were highly rated globally. Like a word CHINA means ceramic wares, JAPAN is used to describe Urushi crafts. Japanese urushi crafts which use Japanese locally grown Urushi, and is polished up by Japanese craftsmen, is the height of Japanese Craftsmanship.
We utilise every parts of broadleaf wood from our own forests. These are stored for a long period of time, carefully maintained, dried and rigorously selected. This practice of using natural wood with care originate from the work ethics of traditional Japanese master wood craftsmen.
Exploring for the “form” and preparation of the material, as Yabashi Koubou, what we aspire in the craftsmanship lies in a Japanese saying “Discover new from the old”.
 NEGORO painting is said to have first staarted 700 years ago when the monks of Negoro temple in Wakayama pref. made their own tablewares.
A vermilion top coat is applied over black base and middle coats. With use the vermilion wears away revealing random patches of black, an unscripted charm consistent with Japanese aesthetics. More recent NEGORO craftwares made after Meiji period have been crafted with these patterns on.
Currently, the name NEGORO is mistakenly used to decribe the craftwares on which the surface vermilion urushi lacquer layer is polished to show black foundation layer pattern.
NEOGORO made in YABASHI KOUBOU re-create the old NEGORO with the beauty from years and years of usage. YABASHI KOUBOU names this aged beauty as JIDAI NEGORO.
How to make a lacquer ware
Making the base for lacquer ware
A huge amount of wood material is sleeping in the storehouse of YABASHI FORESTRY. Looking up these piled up woods, we are overwhelmed. The woods cut down from our own mountains are once dried naturally in this storehouse. And then they are put into the artificial dehydrator, and dried slowly and reasonably. And they are transfered to the storehouse again and nursed. These processes are the works for the wood materials to have good condition. and it takes for years. Through these processes they will be good materials with only few cracks and strains.
 Adequately dried wood materials are cut in pieces in the factory and whittled one by one in the turning lathe-room. To whittle in designed form, we shape by rotating on a lathe along a gauge, but all details are whittled by hands. They are finished with a small knife by hands. Thus the base for lacquerware are formed and prepared by craftsmen in our own company.
Lacquer painting
Carrying the wooden base into our KOUBOU (atelier), it’s time to paint lacquer. The scent characteristic of urushi focuses our minds. A commanding atmosphere, a calm time, in such space a craftsman begins to paint wares carefully one by one. At first, to strengthen the base the work named KIGATAME will be done. And then paint with lacquer, wipe it before drying, and dry. These processes will be repeated usually over ten times, sometimes even forty times.
Well, when we express the word “dry”, in the case of urushi, “dry” means that “combines with moisture in the air and harden by their chemical reaction”. So urushi needs humidification to dry. Some kind of urushi needs delicate adjustment of humidity and to be dried slowly for two or three days. The speed of urushi drying differs by seasons and weather. To keep the quality, wares will be put in the room called MURO to dry, where temperature and humidity can be easily controlled.
The work continues further; paint with red lacquer, paint like aged, and so on. Although it depends on the product, the number of process to finish is over sixty and it takes around three months. Thus lacquerwares are manufactured. Please enjoy the taste of Japanese traditional wares.
Notes on use:
1. The wares fresh-painted seem dark colored and not enough shiny. A person with sensitive skin reacts to lacquer in rare cases. As time passes, they will shine beautifully and you don’t need to worry to develop a rush.

2. Please wash with diluted neutral detergent after use and wipe carefully with soft cloth.

3. Please avoid direct sunlight and moisture in keeping lacquerware. It will have a fear to warp its shape and fade out its color and shine.
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Yabashi Koubou Ginza store
Opening hour: 11:00 am 〜 06:00 pm
Closed on: Tuesday・Wednesday
Address: 2F, Shimizu Building, 4-3-2, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
TEL・FAX 03-3561-8972
E-MAIL ginza@mail.yabashi.co.jp

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Closed on: Sunday, Public holidays, 2nd and 4th Saturday
Address: 410-1, Osa, Tarui-cho, Fuwa-gun, Gifu 503-2122, Japan
TEL 0584-22-3684 FAX 0584-22-5666
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