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Japanese lacquer is famous throughout the world. Since ancient times, lacquer has been used as an adhesive and paint for Buddhist statues, paintings, and buildings like temples and shrines.

Most of the lacquer used in Japan is produced in foreign countries, but the precious domestic lacquer is produced here in Iwate Prefecture, which produces about 70% if all Japanese lacquer.
The Appi Urushi Studio is located right where Japanese lacquer is produced. At the store, you can buy beautiful hand-made traditional Japanese crafts.
The wood used for the objects to be lacquered is mainly cherry, horse chestnut, Japanese cypress, zelkova, and other carefully selected Japanese woods that do not warp easily.
For the top coat, rare lacquer from Iwate Prefecture is refined in-house. At the workshop, where craftsmen who carry on this tradition carefully carry out delicate work, you can find a wide variety of Appi-nuri lacquerware that shines with the functional beauty of ancient Japan.
Made in simple designs, they are environmentally friendly products that can be used for a very long time and passed on to the next generation if you know how to take care of it.
Here you can find tableware, interior decorations, and other items that fit your lifestyle.



  • 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed Mondays (From Dec. to Mar. closed Sundays as well), and New year holidays


  • Appi-nuri lacquerware (hand-made traditional Japanese crafts);  Plates, Bowls, Chopsticks, etc.



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