This basket belonged to my aunt who passed away. She had this basket in her Tokyo home. I was four or so then. She brought this basket with other items to the U.S. with her. She lost most of them except the basket. Still, the basket looks new after more than 55 years. It has fine shine from quality lacquer. Japan does not produce much domestic lacquer anymore. I've seen many fine and interesting baskets in museums, but this basket comes to top in my opinion.