Recently, I find myself regularly using the phrase “urushi (lacquar) coated wooden bowl with rice” in my lectures. Urushi bowls are different from the ceramic ones, as they have low thermal conductivity and keep the heat longer. As urushi absorbs the moisture of the delicious warm rice, you can eat even the last grains of it. After one of my talks on urushi bowls, Yûta Miura approached me and m... (2018-2-5)