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 Maru (maru means 'circle' in Japanese) is a classic two-tier round 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 flavour of your food.
Magewappa Maru is a great everyday bento box that will bring a smile to your face every time you use it.
Product Details & Care
Magewappa Maru is a round two-tier box that is 10cm (3.9") in height when stacked (4cm (1.57") for the upper tier, 6cm (2.36") for the lower tier). The diameter is 12 cm ( 4,7" ). The Bento&co logo is burned into the inside of the lid - we're proud to have our mark on such a high quality product.
Volume : 640ml total, 260ml + 380ml for each layer.
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 workmanship!
Composition and care
Made from sustainably farmed sugi (Japanese cedar) wood. Since the wood is untreated, 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.