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Miyama Yusan 138 | Tochi Wood


The Miyama Yusan Bento 138, 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. Clearly, one of our the finest bento boxes we have ever had the pleasure of carrying (yes, it's that good!). 

Product Description

The story:

After seeing a piece about Bento&co on TV in Japan, 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- they are exquisite! And so, we proudly present the boxes Mr. Asehira made, available at Bento&co and no where else!

These boxes are unique and like no other wooden bento boxes. The tochi (Horse Chestnut) wood these boxes are produced with is exclusive to Japan and usually used for traditional Japanese furniture. Alas, these boxes provide a unique opportunity to own a masterpiece. 

What makes it a truly fascinating item:

The Yusan box tradition (遊山) 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 138: featuring three sliding compartments made from exquisite tochi (Horse Chestnut) wood.

Details & Care

  • Dimensions: 16 x 12 x 18 cm (XL Size!)
  • NOT microwave or dishwasher safe
  • Wash by hand using warm water and a cloth. Dry after being washed
  • 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