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Kokontozai: KASHIYUKA’s Shop of Japanese Arts and Crafts /[BENT WOODENWARE]

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.

With Mr. Yoshimasa Shibata, who works with rare, forest-grown cedar.
Slivers of thinly-planed mountain cherry bark to be used as fasteners for the cedar slices.
With Mr. Yoshimasa Shibata, who works with rare, forest-grown cedar.
Slivers of thinly-planed mountain cherry bark to be used as fasteners for the cedar slices.
Lunch break arrives for the workers, and several brought theirs in magewappa bento boxes. They tell me that “wappa serves a rice-keeping function, preventing it from becoming soggy … and at the same time not allowing it to dry out. No matter how long it’s left standing, it doesn’t harden, and the rice even tastes delicious when it cools.” I’m in love with rice, so this all sounds glorious to me!
Mr. Shibata explains that “all finishing touches are executed by hand.”
Cherry bark closures also serve as decorative elements.
Mr. Shibata explains that “all finishing touches are executed by hand.”
Cherry bark closures also serve as decorative elements.
“We’re bare wood diehards,” Yoshimasa tells me. “Unvarnished cedar absorbs any excess moisture in cooked rice, and preserves its flavor. Wood coated with urethane lacquer cleans more easily, but we come down on the side of delicious contents over sheer ease of use.”

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