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b. benten is the online shop for high quality handmade ceramics and houseware items from Japan rooted in tradition for everyday use. Our mission is to introduce Japan's master artisans to the world by offering their limited work and covering fascinating stories of craftsmanship.

Urushi Lacquer



To properly maintain lacquerware take the following precautions:

  • Do not soak in hot or cold water for a long time. Wash with warm water and dry with a soft cloth. 
  • To maintain a good gloss, wipe gently with a soft cloth after washing. Avoid excessive force. 
  • Avoid putting in the refrigerator, the dishwasher, under direct sunshine, or in extremely dry places. This could lead to discoloration. 
  • Do not use with direct heat, in a microwave, or in an oven. 

Note: In rare cases, some people may experience an allergic reaction to lacquer. In such cases, please consult a doctor.