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Miyama Yusan 163 | Kurokaki

The Miyama Yusan Bento 163 Kurokaki, part of our Miyama Collection, is the masterpiece of one of our favorite Japanese craftsmen, Mr. Asehira. Words do not suffice to adequately express the outstanding nature of this true handicraft treasure from Japan.

Product Description

The story:
After seeing Bento&co featured on TV, a furniture maker from Miyama (a small town in the north of Kyoto Prefecture), decided to have his hand at manufacturing bento boxes. After several attempts to perfect his boxes, a satisfied Mr. Asehira presented his best boxes to us - and we were floored by the result!

While the origin of this box is certainly interesting, the real star of the story is the bento box itself- each one is exquisite. And so, we proudly present the boxes Mr. Asehira made, available at Bento&co and nowhere else!

These boxes are all one of a kind and utilize premium wood that has been naturally dried over the course of 5 years. The kurokaki (black persimmon) wood these boxes are produced with is very rare and is used to make traditional Japanese crafts, tea utensils, and furniture.

What makes it a truly fascinating item:
The Yusan box tradition originally comes from Tokushima, a city located on the east coast of Shikoku island. Back in the Edo period, the use of these 3-tier bento boxes was strongly related to Hina Matsuri (Doll's or Girl's day, a very popular celebration in Japan). Mister Asehira drew his inspiration from this nearly-forgotten folklore to create his Miyama Yusan Bento: featuring three sliding compartments made from exquisite tochi (Horse Chestnut) wood.

Details & Care

  • Dimensions: 16 x 12 x 18 cm (XL Size) (6.2 x 4.7 x 7 in)
  • Weight: 1500g (3.3 lb)
  • NOT microwave or dishwasher safe
  • Wash by hand using warm water and a cloth. Hand dry with a soft cloth and allow to completely air dry before storing.
  • As no plastic seals were used in this box, we recommend using separate sealed bottles to transport sauces and liquids.
  • Handcrafted in Miyama, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan