Urushi is very precious to the Japanese.  Antiquity discovered in Japan dated to over 9000 years ago. The use and application technique of this tree sap has reached its height that none other countries can match.  It is beyond just a paint or coating material. 

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Minowa Lacquer 
(est. 1573)

Based at the beautiful foothill in Echizen, the Minowa family has been producing and refining urushi lacquer and supplying quality material to shrine construction and lacquer craft production since 1573.   With over 2000 formulas for all-natural urushi, Minowa is not only a supplier