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b. benten is the online shop for authentic wabi sabi ceramics and housewares items from Japan for everyday use.  We expose Japan's master artisans by covering numerous potters and ceramic topics, and offer worldwide shipping for rare handcrafted items.   

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.