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Tree sap which is tapped from the lacquer tree, called urushi in Japanese, has been utilized as natural paint for a variety of purposes in Japan as early as 5000 B.C., during the Jomon Period. Urushi, with the special characteristics of durability and a glossy finish, has been used for a wide variety of things such as the waterproof and decorative coatings for items ranging from dining ware to traditional buildings such as temples and shrines. This technique, which was developed over a long period of time, generated significant artifacts. Hyobodo is determined to bring urushi into the modern art world by utilizing traditional materials and techniques.