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Miyama Yusan Bento 174 | Sugi

A masterpiece of one of our favorite Japanese craftsmen Mr. Asehira, the Miyama Yusan Bento 174 | Sugi showcases the natural beauty of Sugi (Japanese Cedar)

Handcrafted in Miyama (美山 'beautiful mountain'), a center of traditional crafts.

The Story
One day, a Miyama woodworker named Mr. Asehira saw Bento&co featured on local TV, and was inspired to make bento boxes of his own! When we saw his results, we were thrilled. Mr. Asehira continues to hand make these limited edition bento boxes, and we are honored to be able to sell them on our shop exclusively.

Made from Sugi (Japanese Cedar).
Fragrant, water and insect resistant and naturally dried over 5 years. Preserved in a rustic condition to showcase the wood's unique personality. This wood features a moku (rare pattern) called budou-moku of small linked circles that resemble grapes.

The History of the Yusan Box
The Yusan box originates in Tokushima, a prefecture in Shikoku island, Japan. Traditionally, small children in this region were gifted their own wooden, three-tiered Yusan bento box by their family. Filled with delicious foods, children brought these bento boxes with them (convenient thanks to its handle) as they played outdoors, and in particular on outing on Hina Matsuri (Girl's Day). Mr. Asehira has created his own version of this heartwarming, traditional item, the Miyama Yusan Bento, featuring three sliding compartments made from exquisite Tochi (Horse Chestnut) wood. Use as a bento box for food, or to store jewelry or other small treasures!
Illustrated children's book about Yusan Bako by Yamasaki Junyo.

Details & Care

  • Please note: The wood may have naturally occurring small indentations and marks (featured in the product photos) which are intentionally left to reflect the natural state of the material.
  • Coated with beeswax or food-safe urethane
  • Dimensions: 16 x 12 x 18 cm (XL Size) (6.2 x 4.7 x 7 in)
  • Weight: 806g (1.7 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