Lacquerware that you can pop in the dishwasher! Modern designs brighten the dinner table
Nachiya develops and sells a form of lacquerware that can be washed in the dishwasher -- something that was impossible until now. They apply "Jun-urushi" to the pieces, which enhances their resilience. They also have a greater gloss and sheen than traditional lacquerware, producing something so beautiful that you'll almost doubt it's wood! Nachiya preserves traditional craft techniques while designing new and modern forms of lacquerware. Japanese people usually use lacquer items for Japanese food, but this shop enthusiastically suggests new and different forms of use. There are bowls for pasta, coffee cups, spoons, and other items matched to today's diet. Lacquerware also retains heat without transferring it in the way that ceramics do, so it is perfect for warm foods and hot soups. They also sell traditional Japanese lacquerware like small bowls. The shop invites you to use these items as part of your everyday kitchen.
Casual bowls / ￥3,500- (+tax)
Jun-urushi is a 100% natural lacquer made from tree sap. These bowls feature layers of that lacquer built up into a finish. They are offered in four sizes: a rice bowl, a soup bowl, a noodle bowl, and a pasta bowl. While made from Japanese zelkova, the wood grain is concealed by a beautiful gloss. The three colors -- yellow, red and a black -- are not prone to fading or sustaining nicks, so you can use these items in pristine state for many meals to come. They are also lightweight and easy to hold, so they can be used by children, too.
Stackable bowls / ￥30,000- (+tax)
This product is a set of five bowls of different sizes. The biggest feature is that they won't take up space when stored. While you could plate food on all of these, another idea is using the mid-sized bowls as "lids" for the large bowls. The elegant red color is truly Japanese.
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A coffee cup with saucer and spoon / ￥18,000 for each (+tax)
Coffee cups (includes a saucer and spoon) that draw on the heat-retaining properties of lacquerware. Enjoy your drink warm to the last drop. Lacquerware also does not transfer heat, so you won't have to worry about a handle becoming too hot to hold. You could even use the saucers as impromptu cake plates. Goes great when purchased as a dual set of red and black.
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The wide range of lacquerwares / Various
Here we see a variety of traditional Japanese lacquerware. There are items for rice, shallow and deep bowls, and even trays. Unlike Jun-urushi pieces, which start off glossy, these ones develop a patina with continued use, showing their sheen over time. When new, they have a strong scent of lacquer, so place them in a well-ventilated area to reduce the scent.
How to buyIf you aren't sure what a product is intended for, ask the shop staff. They also have some items in storage and not on display, so if you're looking for a particular shape or size, they might be able to find it for you.
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Note that some items are dishwasher-safe, while others are not. The shop staff will give you simple instructions on how to care for the items.
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Nachiya / なちや
|Address||63, Murasakino Daitokujicho, Kita-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 603-8231|
|Directions||・3-minute walk from Bukkyo-daigaku-mae bus stop by #1 Kyoto city bus getting on at Kitao-ji bus terminal ・3-minute walk from Bukkyo-daigaku-mae bus stop by #6 or #46 Kyoto city bus getting on at Hankyu Line Omiya Stn. ・3-minute walk from Bukkyo-daigaku-mae bus stop by #1 Kyoto city bus getting on at Keihan Line Demachi-yanagi Stn.|
|Open Hours||10am - 6pm|
|Credit cards||VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc. / Accepted|
The store offers books describing how to maintain and use lacquerware. They are in Japanese, but the illustrations are the main point, so you can visually follow along.
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|
|Shipping services||Accepted by EMS service|