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From Purchasing to Storing

From Purchasing to Storing
The merits of lacquerware are its lightness and durability. Tableware made waterproof by painted lacquer is extremely versatile and is appreciated for its lightness. Here we would like to introduce various issues to keep in mind when dealing with lacquerware, everything from purchasing to storage.



Things to Keep in Mind When Purchasing Lacquerware
Authentic lacquerware can be used for many years and sells for 10,000 yen or more. Inexpensive lacquerware used for 13 years or more. It lacks luster.

Impurities
Dust in the air is a natural enemy to the lacquerware making process. Whenever possible places naturally low in dust are utilized during the production process. However, making truly dust-free lacquerware is difficult. In fact, trace signs of dust can be a mark of authenticity.

Deterioration
When lacquerware is not made from genuine lacquer, or when it has not been properly dried, it quickly deteriorates. Examples of deterioration include staining, changes in color, and a marked ease of splitting. The price of lacquerware is somewhere between three and six times the actual cost of materials. As you may know, genuine lacquer and wood is expensive. In the case of a lacquered bowl, production materials alone can reach more than 2,000 yen. For this reason, lacquerware priced under 8,000 yen may not be authentic ? please be cautious. Lacquerware becomes durable, fully hardening three months after being painted. It is advisable to check the date of production when making a purchase. Additionally, there is no luster on lacquerware made from genuine lacquer. Only after having been used for one year will it begin to shine. Nevertheless, distinguishing between genuine and non-genuine lacquerware is extremely difficult. For this reason we hope you will trust "Nurimonoya Japan" with all of your lacquerware needs.



How to Use
Wooden ware is not a good conductor of heat. Because of this we are able to keep cool items cool and warm items warm. For this reason we suggest using wooden lacquerware as a wine cooler or a beer cup. Lacquer is resistant to acid and alkaline. As such, it is ideal for soy sauce and vinegar. Lacquerware is not heat resistant. Please be careful of the following: a) Do not microwave or use in the oven. b) Avoid inserting liquids over 80 degrees Celsius (176 degrees Fahrenheit). It will change color if exposed to hot liquids numerous times. These color changes are particularly obvious in black lacquerware. When serving fried foods we suggest first layering the lacquerware with a sheet or paper towel. Please use wooden chopsticks, forks, and spoons. Doing so will prevent scratching. However, your lacquerware is certain to scratch. Please do not worry: the scratches will become less noticeable after washing.



Washing
When storing lacquerware do not place pottery on top of it. There is a chance the rough surface of the pottery may scratch the lacquerware. Do not expose the lacquerware to water for long periods of time. Ideally, the lacquerware should be placed in warm water for no more than ten minutes and dried immediately thereafter. Lacquerware is detergent safe. However, do NOT use any polishing agent. It will damage the lacquerware. Wash with a small amount of detergent and warm water. Be sure to wipe until no drops of water are visible. This will prevent residue from developing.



Storage
When stacking lacuerware on top of each other it is best to place a sheet of tissue between them. It is best to store lacquerware you rarely use into a sturdy box. Be sure that the lacquerware will be in a dry environment and outside of direct sunlight. It would be best to use at least once every year. When storing, make sure to remove as much moisture as possible so as to avoid mold.


Translated by Chris Lowy