The Magewappa Original is a chic, traditional Japanese bento box that has been handcrafted out of Japanese cedar wood. These works of art have been commissioned by Bento&Co - so you cannot find them anywhere else. We are very proud of this original product, and we want to help support and promote the amazing artisans that create these products.
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.
This Magewappa is a classic one-tier, oval shaped box with a matching flat fitted lid. 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. A matching wooden separator is included. The inside of the lid is with a branded "Bento&Co," showing that it is one of a kind. It is best used with a furoshiki, wrapping cloth to keep the lid on and keep it clean.
As with all real magewappa ware, the wood is uncoated, which allows rice packed inside to breathe, making it taste great even when cold. It's beauty will bring a smile to your face every time you use it.
Details & Care
The Original Magewappa is a single tier, oval shaped bento box. It measures 55 mm x 200 mm x 95 mm (HxLxW) (2.2" x 7.8" x 3.7") and has an inner capacity of approximately 600ml. 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.
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 surface and see the workmanship.
Composition and care
Made from sustainably farmed Japanese cedar (sugi, 杉) 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 open to dry completely. Replace the lid only after it has completely dried out, after a day or so.
With proper care, this box will last for many years.
Made in Japan, in Odate, Akita Prefecture.