Urushi is a natural coating material which can be extracted from the sap of urushi tree and we use that coating generally on wooden products such as trays, bowls and plates etc.
I belive you have seen many urushi coated bowls in Japan, because we normally use them for having miso soup, so they are the most popular urushi products and they come in various shapes.
They can be very reasonable, but the most of those reasonable urushi bowls (anything around 1,000 yen), which can be sold at souvenir stores in touristy areas, are made in China and the bowls made in Japan should cost you at least over 3,000yen.
These urushi products are made in various parts of Japan and Gatomikio Shohten (我戸幹男商店) in Ishikawa prefecture is one of them, but I personally believe that they are one of the best producers in Japan, having extra-ordinally technique to carve woods and also having ability to design attractive products.
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These bowls are made of Japanese Zelkova, which has the beautiful grain, and it is carved thinly and coated with the wipe-lacquering technique to enable to see through the wooden grains. The edges are, then, painted with the silver color adding an aesthetic beauty to them.
There are also bowls for having rice with the same design.
The left one is the soup bowl and the right is a bowl for having rice. As you can see, the soup bowl is taller than that of rice, but you can of course use that rice bowl for soup too.
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There are also sake cups with the same design.
The bowls are 4,500yen+ tax /each and the sake cups are 3,500yen+tax / each (the prices are as of 9th Feb 2017).
These bowls are also made by Gatomikio Shohten. They come in four different sizes, S, M, L and LL, and M or L is the most popular size for having miso soup.
These bowls are made of cherry tree and they are meant to be used for having rice, so it is slightly shallower than the usual soup bowls. (they are 3,500yen+tax / each).
These nesting bowls are a set of 6 and they are called Oryouki (応量器）. You can find the information by clicking here.
Gatomikio Shohten has been producing extensive variations of urushi products and the ones I introduced here on my blog are the only small selections of what I personally like to show at my store.
Some of their products are outrageously expensive, but those bowls on this blog are relatively reasonable considering the quality and the design, and that is what I believe good products (the prices are also an important factor to decide what good products should be especially for those which you use regularly on daily life).
Should you have any queries or if you are interested in purchasing any of them, please feel free to contact us. We can also ship them overseas by EMS after confirming your payment by PayPal.
How to purchase them?
You can either visit our store in Tokyo or you can send us emails and we can send them overseas by EMS or send them to those designated hotels or places within Japan where you specify after confirming your payment.
Please choose the bowls you want to purchase and we will calculate the cost of EMS (we normally provide cheaper option if it is available) and we will request the payment with Paypal to you by email. We will send it to you right after we confirm your payment.
For domestic delivery within Japan, the shipping cost is only 648yen and it is free when the total goes over 10,800yen.
Contact address is info(at)mabysoshite.com (please change the (at) to @).
Alternatively if you happen to be in Tokyo, you can visit us in Aoyama
How to visit us in Tokyo?
The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro.
If you are a visitor to Japan, please bring your passport, so you can claim for tax free!
MA by So Shi Te
2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,
Tokyo Japan 107–0062