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Miyama Yusan Bento 176 Kaede

The Miyama Yusan Bento 176 Kaede, 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 kaede (Japanese Maple) wood this box is produced with is very rare outside of Japan and usually used exclusively in traditional Japanese furniture and cabinetmaking. This wood features a moku (rare pattern) called chijimi-moku, that resembles wrinkled silk crepe

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: 1248 (3.3 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