Tekiseisha, protecting lacquer and encountering lacquer

Sanctuary of Joboji lacquerware

Ninohe City where Tekiseisha lies has been a producing area of Joboji urushi from ancient times. It is our mission to protect lacquer culture of both Joboji and Japan through lacquerware that has been loved in daily life.

Tekiseisha, making good use of a drop of lacquer

The rate of self-sufficiency is only 3% in Japan, and 70% of that number is produced in Iwate prefecture. The whole amount of it is collected in Ninohe area that is Joboji urushi. Tekiseisha was founded so as to pass down to the next generation because the area is special about lacquer. We exhibit and sell both lacquerware produced in the attached workshop and lacquerware created by craftsmen who pay attention to Joboji urushi and transmit the appeal of the Joboji urushi.

“The drop of life,” and “The drop coexisting with human beings,” are the source of its name. We would like to convey “the world of Joboji urushi” by producing containers, which are close to our life, with lacquer drops collected carefully by urushi tappers. We are struggling with such a thought every day.

You can touch and find “Your own lacquerware.”

We recommend that you should choose after touching it because it is to be used every day. Even if it looks simple at first glance, each container tells its creator’s care with the shape. Enjoy searching a suitable container for your hands after comparing the textures that change with a slight thickness or size as well as a unique touch of lacquer.

Making of the Joboji urushi

Wood hardening

Plenty of crude lacquer is soaked in the wooden base. It is an important step for defending against expansion and contraction, making lacquerware that is highly waterproof and sturdy.


Lacquer for undercoating, which is mixed with refined lacquer and Bengara (red oxide), is performed.


After coating, the bowl is polished with water resistant paper and a whetstone to soften its surface and improve lacquer adhesion.

A second coating

The work of coating and polishing are repeated six times and make layers with only Joboji urushi.

Top coating

Joboji urushi is auto-purified and coated in the special room for top coating so as not to attract dust or dirt.

Attraction of Joboji urushi containers

1. Simple and timeless appearance

2. Used with Joboji urushi (some are used with only Joboji urushi in the whole processes)

3. Pleasant to touch and a gentle-to-mouth feel

How to maintain

The best care is to use it every day. Wooden containers are a week in the dry environment.
Using it keeps the good condition, giving the wood and lacquer proper moisture.


1 Washing

If it is washed separately from other dishes, it is durable and not easily scratched. As the stains come out well, hand-washing with lukewarm water is enough. Stuck-on materials like rice should be washed after soaking, while soft sponges are for oil stains. Diluted detergent is better since it is not hard on the surface of lacquer.

2 Rinsing

Rinse it with cold or lukewarm water.

3 Drying (wiping)

Natural wipe does not interfere with the use, but it is ideal to wipe with a cloth as countermeasures against fuzz.

For long lasting use

  • ・It cannot be used in the dishwasher, microwave, or oven.
  • ・Please avoid soaking it for long periods.
    If there is a crack, water soaks into it and becomes worse.
  • ・Please keep in a place away from direct sunlight.

Tekiseisha, the palace of Joboji urushi skill

Address: 23-6 Miyama Naka-maeda Joboji-machi, Ninohe City

Phone: 0195-38-2610 Fax: 0195-38-2610

Opening hours: 8:30 am -5:00 pm

Closed: Tuesday