Skip to content

Miyama Yusan Bento 174 | Sugi

$493.50USD
SKU MIYA-174
The Miyama Yusan Bento 174 | Sugi, part of our Miyama Collection, is the masterpiece of one of our favorite Japanese craftsmen, Mr. Asehira.

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!

These boxes are all one of a kind and utilize premium wood that has been naturally dried over the course of 5 years. The sugi (Japanese Cedar) wood these boxes are produced with is exclusive to Japan and usually used for housebuilding, furniture and boatbuilding. This wood features a moku (rare pattern) called budou-moku of small linked circles that resemble grapes. 

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, each child in this region had their own yusan bento and used it for picnics, in particular on girl's day Hina Matsuri in the spring. Asehira-san drew his inspiration from this heartwarming traditional item to create his Miyama Yusan Bento: featuring three sliding compartments made from exquisite tochi (Horse Chestnut) wood.

Details & Care

  • Please note: The wood used for the Miyama collection is preserved in a rustic condition to showcase the unique personality of the tree that was used. 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