Magewappa Hina is a classic, genuine Odate Magewappa bento box, made of sugi (Japanese cedar wood).
Magewappa means 'bent wood' in Japanese. It's a traditional form of woodcraft that is found in Odate, in the northern Akita prefecture. It is an officially designated Traditional Craft form in Japan. It used to be encouraged as winter work for farmers and lower-class samurai by the lord of the area.
Magewappa Hina is a classic two-tier oval box, with a fitted lid. The tiers stack neatly on top of each other. The blonde bent wood sides, made from straight grain wood, are fastened with small strips of darker wood by highly skilled artisans using traditional methods.
As with all real magewappa ware, the wood is uncoated, which allows rice packed inside to breathe, making it taste great even when cold. The wood also smells wonderful, since it is cedar! Somehow the cedar aroma seems to enhance the flavor of your food.
Magewappa Hina is 10cm (3.9") in height when stacked, 13cm (5.11") long and 11cm wide (4.33") The Bento&co logo is burned into the inside of the lid.
Total capacity: 720ml (360ml x 2)
Note that this is a genuine Odate Magewappa box, made to the highest standards. You'll notice the difference immediately from inferior versions sold by other companies, when you touch the silky smooth surfaces and see the craftsmanship!
Made from sustainably farmed sugi (Japanese cedar) wood. Since the wood is treated just with a thin layer of Polyurethane paint on the outside of the box for its finish, some care should be taken with this box:
- Wash in lukewarm water. Do not use dishwasher detergent unless absolutely necessary. We recommend packing food that may stain the wood in a separate container, or in bento cups. Use a gentle sponge, nothing abrasive.
- Do not leave immersed in water.
- After washing, wipe off any excess water with a soft cloth, then leave the box to dry completely.
- With proper care, this box will last for many years.
- Made in Japan, in Odate, Akita prefecture.