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Carry elegance with you on travel mugs laden in sleek hand-painted Urushi varnish, decorated with gold, silver or hand-crafted texture
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This is our modern twist on traditional Japanese lacquerwares, allow us to introduce, the “Urushi Mobile Tumbler”. It is a collection of stainless steel tumblers hand painted with sleek lacquer in two sophisticated colour, ‘blackest black’ and “vermilion”, the same finish and colours applied to traditional Japanese tableware.


The Story

Tsuchinao Shikki is a Japanese lacquerware company based in Fukui Prefecture that still makes each lacquerware pieces by hand. Over the years, however, Japanese demand for lacquerware have decreased. With the goal of continuing on the time-honoured hand-painting Urushi technique and still make everyday objects people can enjoy using in the modern day, the URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER was created. 

Tsuchinao, with the help of the Keio Media Design's Sabae project, developed the Urushi Tumbler product with the thermo mug brand’s portable mugs. The tumbler first made its debut in pop-up collections across Tokyo, since then improvements have been made with the feedback from customers. This time around, there are two sizes, a 12oz and a 16.9oz versions. 

Polished Japanese aesthetics on contemporary Travel Mugs

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What is Urushi? 

Urushi is a traditional Japanese lacquer finish that is painted on Japanese tablewares such as bowls, chopsticks, spoons, and trays. 

To elaborate, lacquer is a natural varnish that is high in gloss when hardened, it’s a coating with a “living” quality, as described by craftsmen at Tsuchinao. Extracted from Urushi trees, the oily sap hardens into shiny lacquer when it encounters the moisture in the atmosphere. Due to its natural process, every single mixture is a unique mix. Hence, each painted piece is also one of its kind. The finished products uphold absolute consistency with the precise painting, however, if you examine the bottom and top closely, you can find the subtle uniqueness of each.

The Echizen area is a particularly famous area in Japan known for the urushi technique and the lacquerware industry, producing 80% of Japan’s lacquerware products for business use. The area is unique in having a climate high in humidity that is suitable for drying the varnish, the same humidity also gives form to stunning fog in the fields throughout the year. 

Traditionally, lacquerware is made to perfection by hand, from the steps of carving bowls from wood to painting the multiple layers of urushi. Attention to perfection is a  feature of Echizen tableware.   

The plant-based lacquer can be applied to not only wooden material but also metals. Each tumbler is painted precisely by craftsmen. To finish each piece,4 coatings are required, with drying in between. For the MAKIE designs, gold and silver patterns are screen-printed onto the urushi for a glittery finish. 

A batch of the mobile tumblers uniformly hand-painted to perfection is made possible by the craftsmens’ absolute care.
A batch of the mobile tumblers uniformly hand-painted to perfection is made possible by the craftsmens’ absolute care.

Tsuchinao is insistent on keeping the traditional technique that involves absolute care in hand painting individual pieces precisely.

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Features

This is our 3rd collaboration model with the tumbler brand, thermo mug, after the “URUSHI COFFEE TUMBLER”, and the “URUSHI UMBRELLA TUMBLER”. This time, we are releasing a mobile, meaning fully-sealed, portable design with the same exquisite urushi finish that comes in two sizes, 10oz (300ml) and 16.9 oz (500ml). 

In the updated model, the tumbler has a screw-on type lid that is fully sealed when closed, making it portable and easy to use.
In the updated model, the tumbler has a screw-on type lid that is fully sealed when closed, making it portable and easy to use.

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 The Selection

- COLOR -  

Let’s talk about our two colour varieties, “KURO” - blacand  “SHU” - vermilion.

The former is Urushi Black, Kuro. It represents grit and individuality, as a it is a colour that won't change no matter what it is mixed with. For the latter, we have the time-honoured vermilion colour used on Shinto gates, and symbolizes a divine quality. This Urushi Vermillion, or Shu has a origin of representing fire and the sun, and is also a colour that protects people from harm. 

 - TYPES -  

 MUJI - the original Urushi gloss finish
 MAKIE - a series of a pattern of glittery gold or glistening silver wrapped over Urushi
 TAKUMI - a series of specially-crafted textures

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  • URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER 【MUJI】
    Original 

The original glossy lacquer finish smooth texture that highlights the craftsmen's expert technique.  

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  • URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER -MAKIE-【CHOJUGIGA】 
    Personified-animal Caricatures 

A pattern of cartoon animals taken directly from the historic “Chouju Giga”, one of the first Japanese mangas written 800 years ago. The playful illustrations of animals doing man-like things makes the tumbler a rich blend of lighthearted humour and Edo-inspired art.

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  • URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER  -MAKIE-【KARAKUSA】
    Arabesque 

A specially designed pattern to represent the enduring life force of vines that bears the meaning of longevity, strong lifeforce, and prosperity. 

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  • URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER  -MAKIE-【NAMICHIDORI】
    Thousand bird & Wave 

A simple and sophisticated pattern that symbolizes safety, peace and good fortune for the family featuring a Japanese wave pattern and the chidori, the thousand bird. 

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  • URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER  -MAKIE-【TAKARADUKUSHI】
    Traditional Treasures 

A specially designed pattern featuring symbols of Japanese traditional treasures that bear luck and good fortune. 

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  • [ New Design !!] URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER  -MAKIE-【SAKURA】

SAKURA is a flower symbolizing Japan, and it is very popular.

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  • URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER  -TAKUMI-【MAKIJI】 

A texture made by the powder used to 

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  • URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER  -TAKUMI-【NUNOKISE】  

Painted with multiple layers of Urushi and hand-wrapped with cloth to create a one of a kind texture. 

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 ***** Please specify which size, color, and design type you would like to buy *****  

Specs

M Size (10 oz or 300 ml)
    Dimensions: :Diameter 9.7 cm x Height 13.8 cm  
    Weight : 240 g 

L Size (16.9 oz or 500 ml)
    Dimensions :  Diameter 10.1 cm x Height  18.5 cm   
    Weight : 333 g

Body Material:  18-8 Stainless
    Lid Materials: Polypropylene 

※ The tumbler has a dual-wall vacuum-sealed body that insulates its content. It is made with stainless steel that has 18% and above chrome and 8% and above nickel added iron. The 18-8 stainless steel has higher heat tolerance than most stainless wares on the market. With the double layer construct of Urushi lacquer and stainless steel, it can retain heat longer and insulate the cold as well as keep condensation from forming for a longer time.

Please go to http://thermomug.com/ for more details on the specs of the termo tumblers.

Studio Tour

Would you like to experience Urushi painting for yourself, directly at Sabae city in Fukui prefecture, Japan? You can come see the factory to see how the lacquerware is made and create a one-of-a-kind tumbler with your name or a customised mini drawing in it with the artisans. 

In the Traditional Craft Future Project, we help traditional artisans develop new products. There are many traditional crafts other than Urushi in the Echizen area, such as Echizen swords, Echizen Japanese paper, etc. As the side trip of the project, you can also book a one-day trip from one factory to another around Echizen area to fully enjoy the “Town of Creativity”.

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We also have other projects

Echizen Washi
Echizen Washi
Echizen Knife
Echizen Knife
Echizen Pottery
Echizen Pottery
Echizen Furniture
Echizen Furniture

We would like more people to know the charm of Japanese traditional crafts.
Please support our project's Facebook page and Instagram. Please spread it to many people.

Risks and challenges

Care Instructions

1.Please avoid bathing the tumbler in water for long periods of time. For ideal long-lasting care, lightly rinse the tumbler with water after use, gently wipe the Urushi with kitchen cleaning cloth, and leave in ventilated place to dry.

2.Please avoid placing the tumblers under direct sunlight for long periods of time or in liquid for long periods of time may result in change of colour, moulding or change of shape. .

3.Freshly painted Urushi may have a minor varnish smell, if it is unpleasant for you and you wish to expel the smell, apply a thin layer of vinegar then wash gently with water. However, the smell will disappear naturally on its own.

4.The highly glossy Urushi can be prone to fingerprint marks, to wipe off fingerprints, please wipe gently tissue paper or fabric.

5.Please avoid putting on polish, and scrubbing with mesh steel it with and putting the tumbler into the dishwasher and dryer, may cause damage to the Urushi.

6.Please don't use the tumblers for usages other than the intended usage.

7.The natural lacquer varnish may cause irritation or allergic reaction for some skin types, please be aware.

8.Please do not use on top of open flames, or in ovens and microwaves.

9.In case of fissures, chipping, or breakage, please terminate usage.

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    Digital Video Letter from the Studio

    A mini documentary exclusive to supporters about the artisans' insider thoughts and their honest talks about their lives in the workshop and the industry. Your support will help the Urushi artisans in creating newer designs for the tumbler line and other innovations to continue their craft.

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    URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER 【MUJI】10OZ

    The original glossy lacquer finish that highlights the craftsmen's expert technique.

    Please choose from:

    【COLORS】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi Black
    ・SHU ※ Urushi Vermilion

    *The simple yet sophisticated tumblers are each hand painted and one of a kind. You can carry the ultra shine of the lacquer and vibrant colours that are traditional to Japan in your everyday.

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    • 100Z MUJI TYPE MOBILE TUMBLER IN BLACK OR VERMILION x1
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    URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER【MAKIE】 10OZ

    A series of a pattern of glittery gold or glistening silver wrapped over Urushi. The playful patterns makes the tumblers a rich blend of Japanese elements and modern sophistication.

    Please choose from:

    【COLORS】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi Black with GOLD MAKIE
    ・SHU ※ Urushi Vermilion with SILVER MAKIE

    【PATTERNS】
    ・CHOCHUGIGA ※Personified-animal Caricatures
    ・KARAKUSA ※Arabesque
    ・NAMICHIDORI ※Thousand bird & Wave
    ・TAKARADUKUSHI ※Traditional Treasures

    Includes:
    • 100Z MAKIE TYPE MOBILE TUMBLER IN PATTERN & COLOR OF CHOICE x1
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    New Design URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER SAKURA

    A series of a pattern of glittery gold or glistening silver wrapped over Urushi. The playful patterns makes the tumblers a rich blend of Japanese elements and modern sophistication.

    Please choose from:

    【COLORS】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi Black with GOLD MAKIE
    ・SHU ※ Urushi Vermilion with SILVER MAKIE

    【PATTERN】
    ・SAKURA ※ Symbolic flower in Japan

    ※ SAKURA design is Msize(10oz or 300ml) only

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    URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER 【MUJI】16.9OZ

    The original glossy lacquer finish smooth texture that highlights the craftsmen's expert technique.

    Please choose from:

    【COLORS】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi Black
    ・SHU ※ Urushi Vermilion

    *The simple yet sophisticated tumblers are each hand painted and one of a kind. You can carry the ultra shine of the lacquer and vibrant colours that are traditional to Japan in your everyday.

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    • 160Z MUJI TYPE MOBILE TUMBLER IN BLACK OR VERMILION x1
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    URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER【MAKIE】16.9OZ

    A series of a pattern of glittery gold or glistening silver wrapped over Urushi. The playful patterns makes the tumblers a rich blend of Japanese elements and modern sophistication.

    Please choose from:

    【COLORS】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi Black with GOLD MAKIE
    ・SHU ※ Urushi Vermilion with SILVER MAKIE

    【PATTERNS】
    ・CHOCHUGIGA ※Personified-animal Caricatures
    ・KARAKUSA ※Arabesque
    ・NAMICHIDORI ※Thousand bird & Wave
    ・TAKARADUKUSHI ※Traditional Treasures

    Includes:
    • 16.9OZ MAKIE TYPE MOBILE TUMBLER IN COLOR & PATTERN OF CHOICE x1
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    URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER 【MAKIJI】M/L

    1Ooz (M) or 16.9oz (L)

    *The first of the TAKUMI series is MAKIJI, which has a beautiful textured exterior specially designed and crafted by expert artisans. The texture is handmade, one at a time so each are completely unique. According to the artisans, the gritty texture gets more beautiful with use. The more you use it and it wares, the smoother it becomes, so with each use it, it matures, and takes on a timeworn charm.

    Please choose from:

    【SIZE】
    ・10OZ
    ・16.9OZ

    【COLORS】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi Black
    ・SHU ※ Urushi Vermilion

    Includes:
    • 100Z or 16.9OZ MAKIJI MOBILE TUMBLER IN BLACK OR VERMILION x1
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    URUSHI MOBILE TUMBLER 【NUNOKISE】M/L

    1Ooz (M) or 16.9oz (L)

    The next textured tumbler is the NUNOKISE, which has a beautiful textured exterior specially designed and crafted by expert artisans. To balance the layers of and create the special texture takes years of training and experience to master the artistry.

    Please choose from:

    【SIZE】
    ・10OZ
    ・16.9OZ

    【COLORS】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi Black
    ・TAME ※ Urushi Maroon

    Includes:
    • Digital Letter & Urushi Making Film
    • 100Z or 16.9OZ NUNOKISE MOBILE TUMBLER IN BLACK OR TAME x1
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    -The Pair Set- M/L

    Choose a Pair from our classic original series:
    Please choose from:

    【size】
    ・10OZ pair
    ・16.9OZ pair

    【COLORS】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi Black
    ・SHU ※ Urushi Vermilion

    【PATTERN】
    ・MUJI ※original
    ・CHOCHUGIGA ※Personified-animal Caricatures
    ・KARAKUSA ※Arabesque
    ・NAMICHIDORI ※Thousand bird & Wave
    ・TAKARADUKUSHI ※Traditional Treasures

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    -The Pair Set- including TAKUMI M/L

    Please choose a pair from:

    【SIZE】
    ・10OZ pair
    ・16.9OZ pair

    【COLORS】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi Black
    ・SHU ※ Urushi Vermilion

    【MUJI & MAKIE】
    ・Muji ※ Original
    ・CHOJUGIGA ※Personified-animal Caricatures
    ・KARAKUSA ※Arabesque
    ・NAMICHIDORI ※Thousand bird & Wave
    ・TAKARADUKUSHI ※ Traditional Treasures

    【MAKIJI COLOUR】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi black
    ・SHU ※ Urushi vermilion

    【NUNOKISE COLOUR】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi black
    ・TAME ※ Urushi maroon

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    -5 TUMBLER SET- Mix&Match *both sizes

    Choose 5 tumblers from our classic MUJI and MAKIE selections in either sizes. You can mix and match different sizes and colour too.

    *This is perfect as a large gift set for the holidays or for those of you who have difficulty choosing from the pretty designs. It is also a good way to get the MAKIE designs in the L size at a lower price.

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    【SIZE】
    ・10oz
    ・16.9oz

    【COLOR】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi Black
    ・SHU ※ Urushi Vermilion

    【MUJI & MAKIE PATTERNS】
    ・Muji ※ Original
    ・CHOJUGIGA ※Personified-animal Caricatures
    ・KARAKUSA ※Arabesque
    ・NAMICHIDORI ※Thousand bird & Wave
    ・TAKARADUKUSHI ※ Traditional Treasures

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    Includes:
    • Digital Letter & Urushi Making Film
    • MUJI OR ANY MAKIE TUMBLER IN COLOR & SIZE OF YOUR CHOICE
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    -10 TUMBLER SET- Mix&Match *both sizes

    Choose 10 tumblers from our classic MUJI and MAKIE selections in either sizes. You can mix and match different sizes and colour too.

    *This is perfect as a large gift set for your office or your large number of relatives. The selections have a sophisticated charm of traditional Japanese design and also comes in two beautiful colours.

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    【SIZE】
    ・10oz
    ・16.9oz

    【COLOR】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi Black
    ・SHU ※ Urushi Vermilion

    【MUJI & MAKIE PATTERNS】
    ・Muji ※ Original
    ・CHOJUGIGA ※Personified-animal Caricatures
    ・KARAKUSA ※Arabesque
    ・NAMICHIDORI ※Thousand bird & Wave
    ・TAKARADUKUSHI ※ Traditional Treasures

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    Includes:
    • Digital Letter & Urushi Making Film
    • 10× MUJI OR ANY MAKIE TUMBLER IN COLOR & SIZE OF YOUR CHOICE
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    -Factory Tour & Making Experience -

    Tsuchinao Studio Tour + A Pair Tumbler (in either 10 or 16.9oz)

    We would like to invite you to a one-of-a-kind experience to see the Tsuchinao factory where the tumblers are produced. You will be can witness the craft that has 1500 years of history and speak with artisans that have gone through strict training to perfect their craft. Japanese beauty, the art of wabisabi, and perfection. At the studio, you also have a chance to customise your own tumbler and try the technique for yourself.

    ※NOTE - Transportation and accommodation to the factory is not included in the tour cost
    ※NOTE - We will hand you a pair tumbler when you participate Factory Tour.

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    【SIZE】
    ・10oz
    ・16.9oz

    【MUJI & MAKIE PATTERNS】
    ・Muji ※ Original
    ・CHOJUGIGA ※Personified-animal Caricatures
    ・KARAKUSA ※Arabesque
    ・NAMICHIDORI ※Thousand bird & Wave
    ・TAKARADUKUSHI ※ Traditional Treasures

    【COLOR】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi black
    ・SHU ※ Urushi vermilion

    【MAKIJI COLOUR】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi black
    ・SHU ※ Urushi vermilion

    【NUNOKISE COLOUR】
    ・KURO ※ Urushi black
    ・TAME ※ Urushi maroon

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    Includes:
    • Digital Letter & Urushi Making Film
    • Guided Studio Tour & 1-of-a-kind Urushi Painting Experience
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