from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Japanese lacquer; varnish. See lacquer.


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  • Because raw urushi is extremely toxic-leaving burn marks on the skin and allergic reactions similar to poison ivy-and is difficult to obtain in the West, Western craftsmen and conservators have in past years unsuccessfully used Western-based materials, such as waxes and natural and synthetic varnishes, in attempting to preserve urushi objects and restore their magical luster.

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  • In Japan, however, urushi objects are still restored by urushi masters, using the same materials that were originally employed to make the object.

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  • Made from toxic sap (urushi) cultivated from the lacquer tree (Toxicodendron vernicifluum or formerly Rhus verniciflua), which grows in Southeast Asia, the material first became available to Europe through Portuguese missionaries in the 1500s and then via Dutch merchants who had a monopoly on European trade with Japan after 1640.

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  • Frequent use of raw urushi can build up an immunity in some craftsmen, though not all.

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  • This international collaboration marks the first time a Japanese urushi conservator has traveled outside Japan to treat an object and to train another institution's staff in the restoration process, bridging a gap between two very different cultures and conservation protocols.

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  • Each object is coated in 60 layers of urushi, a traditional Japanese lacquer made of tree sap.


  • Dezeen: RT @tamackintosh: Love the urushi treatment.


  • I will say that from personal experience, interacting with an urushi craftsman talking about his craft resembles on many levels conversations that I’ve had with the “high otaku” talking about their obsessions - personifying and worshiping their tools at a nearly religious and sexual level, being participants in a tightly nit group or guild of fellow members and a level of social acceptance of this behavior as “special” rather than just plain “weird”.

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  • "urushiol" (from the Japanese word for lacquer, urushi).

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  • Siomio uji Sanron skibby ukiyo-e sansei skimmia ume Sapporo, adj. soba urushi sasanqua (or sodoku urushic acid Sasankwa) Soka Gakkai urushiol Sasebo, adj. soy urushiye sashimi soya wacadash satori soya bean waka satsuma soyate Wakayama, adj. satsuma ware soybean wakizashi sawara cypress soybean cyst warabi sayonara nematode wasabi sayonara, interj. soybean lecithin yagi sen soybean milk yakitori sendai, adj. soybean oil yakuza Sendai virus soybean oil meal Yamaguchigumi sentoku soy flour yamamai seppa soy frame Yamato-e seppa dai soymilk yamoto seppuku sugi Yawata, adj. sesshin suiseki yayoi, adj.

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