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Textured Lacquered Cup for Soba - Handcrafted in Japan by Lacquer Master Yagi

Textured Lacquered Cup for Soba - Handcrafted in Japan by Lacquer Master Yagi

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Textured red lacquered cup entirely handcrafted by Shigeki YAGI, a fourth-generation lacquerware craftsman based in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.

Shigeki YAGI decided to go for an antique look for this soba cup. He used a finishing technique commonly used in Negoro (Wakayama Prefecture, Japan): he applied a layer of red urushi over a layer of black urushi and then sanded the red layer to let the underlying black layer appear here and there. This is a unique piece and the base of the cup is signed by Shigeki YAGI.

Recommended Use:
In Japan, cups of this size are usually used to eat soba noodles in hot broth or a cold soy sauce-based dipping sauce. It can also be used to drink tea.

Taking Care of Your Cup:
Pieces of lacquerware are very durable, but they should not be used in a microwave, an oven, a dishwasher or over an open fire. You should always wash them by hand and avoid letting them soak for too long in water.

Detailed information:
Size: diameter of 8.5 cm, height 6.5 cm
Place of production: Yamanaka, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.
Materials used: red lacquer, black lacquer, chestnut wood.
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What is Kintsugi?

Kintsugi is a traditional Japanese art form that originated in the 15th century, and it's been around for over 500 years. When a cherished piece of pottery or porcelain breaks, Kintsugi specialists repair it using natural materials such as genuine lacquer and then decorate the repair marks with gold or silver to make them stand out instead of trying to hide them. Rather, we should allow cracks and blemishes in our belongings to shine and tell a story of their own. The result is an object that's more beautiful than before it was broken, and uniquely valuable because of its history. This is the kintsugi philosophy.

We Are Kintsugi Specialists

Tsugu Tsugu is proud to be part of this ancient tradition—we use only natural materials for our kintsugi repairs. We know where beginners tend to get stuck in the process because we receive so many repairs every day and have taught kintsugi classes for years. That's why our products are filled with educational information and easy-to-understand instructions, along with YouTube videos on the proper way to perform authentic kintsugi. Our goal is to help people around the world successfully perform authentic kintsugi and enjoy a long and prosperous life with their beautiful and favorite pottery.

About Tsugu Tsugu

At Tsugu Tsugu, we are proud to offer kintsugi classes almost every day so that you can share in the fascination of restoring broken pottery.

We believe that there's something special about a piece of broken pottery—it's not just an object that needs to be thrown away, but rather it becomes a treasure once repaired with gold or silver lacquer and put back together. We want to make sure that as many people as possible get to experience this ancient Japanese technique and feel the same joy we do when we see our customers' faces light up with excitement.

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