Urushi 漆 – wooden lacquerware is called “Japan” since long time ago. Many of the artistic Urushiware are made especially for the Tea Ceremony. Next to the fine art Urushiware, simpler lacquerware is made for every day use. Lacquer history in Japan goes as far back in time as twelve thousand years ago. Lacquer is a sap of lacquer tree that grows exclusively in Asia. When it is dried and hardened, it becomes an extraordinarily tough material, resistant to heat, water, acid and alkali. On a larger scale lacquer coating has a unique effect of protecting the underlaying surface not only from water but also preventing rotting and insects. Since ancient times the Japanese have used that strongest natural form of paint to protect surfaces and make beautiful art pieces. Isshin provides you with Japansese handmade bowls, chop-sticks, spoons and forks for everyday use, at a accessible price. I wish you enjoy its excellent “warm” feeling to your lips and hands.