Urushi before refined is divided into oiled or non-oiled Urushi. Oiled Urushi is lustrous when it is painted but cannot be burnished, while Non-oiled Urushi is not lustrous itself, but it can be burnished to very lustrous. The Shita-nuri (base paintings) for different basic paintings use same methods for the good base painted with Urushi mixed with polish powders to harden the base. Then, Naka-nuri (interim paintings) is done to cover the base paintings and prepare for good Uwa-nuri (Finish paintings). Roiro-migaki use the designated color Urushi to paint the surface with repetitions of paint and burnish till the lustrous come out.

Hana-nuri uses Oiled Urushi to paint the surface. It already has natural luster when it dried. Roiro-migaki is much shinier than Hana-nuri, while Hana-nuri is much more popular in Japan, Especially among the Sa-doh (The Tea Ceremony). Technically Hana-nuri is much simpler than Roiro-migaki, but Hana-nuri does not allow any little mistake, as once a mistake is made, the work has to start all over again. Good Roiro-migaki doesn’t have any difficult technique, but it needs good quality domestic Urushi and good timing after two weeks for Urushi to dry and careful burning in order to get the best luster. Our Maki-e shi Omote says that all good results have to depend on the craftsman’s sixth sense.

The relationship between Tame-nuri and Irokeshidame-nuri is the same relationship between Rioro-migaki and Irokeshidame-nuri. The former one uses non-oiled Urushi to paint and the latter use oiled Urushi, and then the former needs repetitions of paint and burnish, while the other doesn’t need any burnishing at all, and keep the surface not shiny as Tame-nuri.


1. The main colors for these basic paintings are Kuro (Black), Shu (Red), KI(Blue), Midori (Green), and KI (yellowish), but we occasionally make some other rather special colors for fun.

2. The colors we show you are main colors from Urushi. If a Maki-e artists has to use Red color or any color everyday for 5 days, he has to make the color every time every day and those "same": colors will come out a bit differently. And therefore, it is almost impossible to have all red colors if the colors were not made on same time same day.

3. If you have any questions for Urushi and Maki-e, please send us Email for same.


From left : RM12GR / RM7PU / RM21BK / RM10RD / RM8BL


From left : TA2EGR / TA8PU / TA12KI / TA21SH0RD / TA88SH


From top : ITK2EFKI / ITK5BL / ITK5KI / ITK7SH / ITK12GR
Roiro-migaki Tame-nuri Irokeshi-dame in all colors MSRP US$
RM21 TA21 ITK21 Genkai Pens (ED) $2,200.00
RM2E TA2E ITK2E Mikodo Pens (ED) $2,200.00
RM7 TA7 ITK7 Bamboo Pens (ED) $2,200.00
RM12 TA12 ITK12 12 faceted Pens (ED) $2,200.00
RM25 TA25 ITK25 Sho Genkai Pens (ED) $2,000.00
RM10 TA10 ITK10 Densho Pens (ED) $2,000.00
RM5 TA5 ITK5 Takumi Pens (c/c) $1,800.00
RM88 TA88 ITK88 Hakkaku (Octagon) (c/c) $1,800.00
RM88S TA88S ITK88S Sho Hakkaku (c/c) $1,800.00
RM8 TA8 TK8 Hyotan (GUURD) (c/c) $1,800.00
RM9 TA9 XXX Hanryo $1,600.00
Any clip painted with Urushi will cost additional MSRP $100.00 each.