Preserving Japanese Culture: Urushi Lacquerware

Go beneath the surface of the beautiful world of urushi.

What will I learn in this class?
An instantly recognizable element of Japanese art, urushi tableware, tea containers and more capture the eye as well as the imagination. In this lecture, examine urushi works up close while you learn how the poisonous tree sap is turned into stunning works of art and how conservationists use to it restore faded pieces to their original glory.

What is the goal of this class?
Deepen your appreciation of a Japanese art while learning what to look for when shopping for your own urushi lacquerware.

Who teaches this class?
Akiko Kubo began her career in Japanese Buddhist artifact restoration in 2000. She specializes in the symbolism and preservation of traditional wooden Buddhist artifacts and buildings, including the kintsugi restoration method with lacquer and powdered gold. Kubo has helped restore more than 100 carvings and regularly lectures on the subject.


  • Mar 6
  • 10:30–11:30am
  • Toko Shinoda & Yukiko Maki classrooms
  • ¥3,000
  • Cancellation deadline: Feb 27