A beautiful and functional traditional container, Odate Mage-wappa
The history of processed cedar bentwood container = Mage-wappa goes far back to the Nara period. In the Odate, bentwood products were manufactured by lower class samurai as their side job about 400 years ago, and earned popularity throughout Japan. Among bentwood products in various places, only the "Odate Mage-wappa" from Odate city of Akita prefecture is designated as a traditional craft of the country. A functional and beautiful container can be considered as a result of traditional technics.
"Ohitsu Sumimaru Nanasun" which makes use of the humidity control effect of natural wood
It is a Mage-wappa ohitsu making use of beautiful grains of Akita cedar. It gets rid of extra moisture and heat moderately and makes rice fluffy and delicious. Owing to the moderate humidity control, rice can be deliciously preserved even if it gets cold. Moreover, it has a functional structure with the sloping bottom of the inside to prevent rice from getting stuck in the gap and to make it easy to wash.
(41,040 yen / volume 3-go / with spatula)
"Hango lunch box" with a beautiful gentle curve
A lunch box which is easy to hold and carry, with the image of a mess kit for cooking rice. A gentle curve is a unique characteristic of Mage-wappa. It keeps rice hot longer and also controls moisture moderately because Akita cedar is light and has high moisture retention. It has a perfect function for lunch boxes, including a refreshing fragrance.
(11,880 yen / volume upper 390 cc: lower 500 cc / with partition)
The moment of opening the lid is fun, "Yagura lunch box"
Oval-shaped lunch box which has been popular since ancient times. It is two-tier nested and can be stored compactly after finishing eating. It is lightweight yet rich in strength and elasticity and the bright and elegant color tone complements rice and dishes. (12,960 yen / volume upper 360 cc: lower 580 cc / with partition)
"Bentwood cups" which you can be healed by Japanese warmth
Although the combination of bentwood products and coffee · tea may be surprising, the wood characteristic of not heating or cooling easily is also suitable for cups. Even when hot coffee is poured, the handle is not hot and the coffee keeps the proper temperature. It is a gem with beautiful wood grains of Akita cedar and you will come to love it with use.
(5,400 yen / volume 260 cc /with dish)