Searching all of Japan for handcrafted items that express its heart and soul, our proprietor, KASHIYUKA, presents things that bring a bit of luxury to everyday life. Here she travels to Odate in northern Akita prefecture, where she visits a factory making magewappa, traditional bent woodenware, and purchases a beautiful bento box made of wild Japanese cedar.
This sentiment got to me. Magewappa is made of living material. It’s a “bento box that acts to keep rice tasting as it should.” You might say it’s like having a mini rice-keeper to carry with you. So from the many offerings I selected a smallish, round bento box. If you purchase two of the same size you can stack them, which is brilliant. Simply enclosing it in this wappa container gives delicious character to the rice. And so this time around my purchase is a “box that makes the meal it holds better”.
Rounded Bare Wood Bento Box by Shibata Yoshinobu Shoten
One unit holds 500 ml. Units of the same size are stackable. Body alone is ¥5,250; with cover, ¥7,000.
Shibata Yoshinobu Shoten
Tel: 0186 42 6123 On August 10, they opened the "Wappa Building" near the Japan Railway Odate station. On display are bentwood items from both East and West, old and new. The shop offers workshops in making bent woodenware, and even has a café. http://magewappa.com
Yuka Kashino (KASHIYUKA)Yuka Kashino, known as KASHIYUKA, is a member of electro group Perfume. Their new album, "Future Pop", became the #1 electro album in 20 countries, and they’ll hit the road from September 21 to support the album. She adores ceramics, and recently tried her hand at completing a piece in the demanding kintsugi style. Official site – www.perfume-web.jp