About Tsutsumi Asakichi Urushi Shop
Urushi has been a part of Japanese life since the Jomon period, some 10,000 years ago.
Since then the urushi industry has passed through various periods, reaching its peak in the Edo period (1603~1867).
From the middle of the Edo period, imported urushi from Burma and other countries began to enter the country through the port of Nagasaki, and the total amount of urushi used, domestically produced and imported, came to approximately 2,000 tonnes per year.
However, in the Taisho era (1912-1926), the production of domestic urushi declined sharply.
Furnishings and armour for the feudal lords became unnecessary, and the policy of encouraging urushi production was abolished.
At the same time, lacquerware became popular in the town as a typical Japanese craft.
Asakichi Tsutsumi I finished his apprenticeship and founded Tsutsumi Asakichi Shoten.
The company refined urushi by hand and machine, sold filter paper, and developed foil-pressed urushi.
In the early Showa period, domestic urushiproduction fell to just 50 tonnes per year
Imports increased and urushioverall use exceeded 2000 tonnes in 1936.
The war caused a sharp decrease in imports.
Urushi was used by the military as a rust-preventive paint, and the refining of urushi was restricted by the government, forcing Tsutsumi Asakichi Shoten to close its business.
Demand for lacquerware increased with the high economic growth. Most of this urushi was imported. 1950 Shigeru Tsutsumi (2nd generation) started work.
Expanding the business by increasing the range of products handled to meet the needs
Expanding foil stamping urushinationwide
Tsutsumi Asakichi Lacquer Shop now refines 65-70% of domestic urushi.
Urushi imports fall to 100 tonnes and the industry slumps.
Development of products such as glass urushi, Qualia coating, colour clear urushi, abrasives for Sanwa urushi work, Asakichi grinding stones, etc.
Pursuing a stable supply and quality of urushi while bringing urushi to a wider audience.
As the decline of the urushi industry became apparent, the company started activities to convey the unique appeal of urushi as a natural material, in order to preserve urushi and the surrounding culture.
4th generation, Takuya Tsutsumi establishes the company Perspective with co-founder Sachiko Takamuro. In collaboration with the company, it aims to create a cycle-based manufacturing system that enriches the region, by growing urushi trees and other trees that will be used as craft materials.
Outbreak of a new type of coronavirus infection.
Kintsugi coffrets, fuki-urushi kits and collaborative products with other industries are launched as products to enhance time spent at home.
The Urushi Surf Project, which connects the mountains, the town and the sea launched.