Magewappa Bento Box Oval Medium
This medium-sized oval bentwood (magewappa) lunchbox is hand-crafted in the traditional way in Akita, Japan, using only natural Akita cedar and locally farmed cherrywood bark. Enjoy the floral scent of northern Japan's forest and farm country, and the airy lightness of natural, unvarnished wood. The lunchbox comes in a fine box container of its own, and includes detailed care instructions.
About Odate Magewappa
Odate bentwood cedar box-making is an old samurai craft from northern Japan’s snowy Akita prefecture. The tradition goes back many centuries, and lives on today by virtue of the many fans of these polished wooden containers. Originally used as a simple means to carry or serve food, today the smooth touch, captivating scent and soft appearance of a magewappa box makes it ideal for presenting seasonal and ‘small’ Japanese dishes. Used creatively, the bentwood box offers endless possibilities for presenting and enjoying foods in any dining experience.
The wood used in Odate bentwood box-making is taken from the cedar forests of Akita Prefecture, in Northwest Japan. The primordial forest of this remote region is renowned as one of the “Three Sublime Forests of Japan.” The wood of these cedar trees is of exceptionally fine and even grain, making it one of the preferred materials for the interior finishing of Japanese homes. However, it is especially ideal in the bentwood box craft, where very thin slices of carefully cut cedar are soaked and molded into curved shapes. Cherry tree bark, also harvested in Akita, is used to fasten together the cedar panels of every magewappa box.