Available in 4 Designs, Kyoto-style Multi-Purpose Box
Urushi Kohako Box
Isuke - Specialized Urushi Lacquer in Kyoto for Over 190 Years
Isuke was founded in Kyoto as an Urushi lacquer business in the late Edo period (1600-1868). The company has produced the natural material of Japanese lacquerware and lacquerware products for more than 190 years.
This family company, now operating under its 7th generation, continues to specialize in simple and modern tableware that combines the long-standing techniques of Japanese Urushi lacquerware with novel designs. Everyone at Isuke is committed to and passionate about bringing the beauty of Urushi lacquerware to the world.
Urushi: Japanese Lacquerware - Meticulous Craftsmanship
Asian lacquer trees produce a unique, natural sap that is unmatched by modern imitations. The sap's strength makes their products both highly durable and water-resistant.
Human use of this lacquer sap, called Urushi, has a history that goes back to the Stone Age, when it was originally utilized as an adhesive throughout Asia. It is the Japanese, however, who were first to recognize its inherent beauty and who first introduced its use into their craftsmanship. Without doubt, Japanese Urushi is one of the most famous traditional crafts in Japan, and throughout this long-standing history the techniques have been improved and refined.
Japanese Urushi lacquerware is crafted through various manufacturing processes; lathing, painting, polishing and decorating. These Japanese Urushi lacquerware products vary from everyday-use items such as soup bowls, rice bowls, plates and cups to luxury furniture and tea ceremony set. These products are symbols of Japanese culture.
Urushi Kohako Box - Lucky and Versatile Boxes
Featuring four traditionally lucky motifs of Japan, these compact boxes bring a touch of elegance to modern lifestyle.Use it to store your cherished accessories, small essentials, or even as a delightful candy box or as a serving box for a small dish or dessert.
Here are the designs:
Ume (梅, "Japanese Plum Blossom"): The Ume or Japanese plum blossom is a symbol of beauty, strength, and resilience. It is one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, even in the harshest conditions. This makes it a symbol of hope and perseverance through adversity. The Ume is also associated with good fortune and purity.
Fuji-san (富士山, "Mount Fuji"): Mount Fuji is not only Japan's tallest and most iconic mountain but also a symbol of strength, endurance, and immortality. It represents the idea of reaching for greater heights and achieving one's goals. The mountain is often depicted with a red sun, signifying longevity and good luck.
Hyotan (ひょうたん, "Gourd"): The Hyotan or gourd is a symbol of protection and health. Its round shape is often associated with the idea of well-rounded, wholesome living. In Japanese culture, it's believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck and prosperity to the owner.
Chidori (千鳥, "Plover Bird"): The Chidori bird motif symbolizes the idea of overcoming obstacles and hardships, much like how the bird navigates rough seas. It is associated with perseverance and determination. In Japanese culture, it's a symbol of good fortune and the ability to weather life's challenges with grace.
Isuke, with a rich legacy in the world of lacquer craftsmanship, has adorned the exterior with beautifully unique lacquer finish. Every interior's color and the lid's pattern are designed to harmoniously complement the exterior lacquer's unique color.
It's not only a treasure for yourself but also an excellent gift for someone special, sharing the joy of exquisite craftsmanship and versatile beauty.
Size: 3.5" x 3.5" x 2.1" high | 9.0 cm x 9.0 cm x 5.3 cm high
Weight: 6.2 oz / 176 g
Material: Wood powder and resin molding, Urushi coating, Urethane paint
Usage and Care
Hand-wash only. Wash in lukewarm water with a soft sponge and rinse well.
Avoid direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.
Never put your lacquerware in a microwave oven or dishwasher.
Avoid direct contact with a very hot item.
Keep away from stoves or heaters, and avoid excessive dryness and humidity.
Do not stack on top of other lacquer products.
Do not apply excessive weight to the product.
Do not use sharp eating utensils such as knife and fork.
Do not store food in the lacquerware.
Do not put lacquerware in refrigerator.
To restore luster, polish with a soft dry cloth, and if necessary, apply a few drops of vegetable oil.
Usually ships out in-stock items within 3 business days of order.
We use FedEx, USPS Priority Mail, or USPS First Class Mail to ship our products, depending on the size and weight of the package.
Free shipping with purchase of $375 or more! (Within Continental US only. Total purchase amount to qualify excludes free shipping offer items.)
Usually ship out in-stock within 5 business days of order.
We use USPS Priority Mail International for international shipping.
We do not accept any returns for international orders. Any additional charges (including but not limited to import tax, custom fees, VAT, brokerage charge) that might incur after the order lands in the destination country must be borne by the recipient.