The Tradition Collection
A premium collection from Bento&co unlike any before, we’ve handpicked a selection of gorgeous Japanese antique tableware from Kyoto that will allow you to experience the beauty of traditional Japan in your own home. Whether displayed in your house, or, as we would recommend, enjoyed in your daily life, these one-of-a-kind treasures will transport you to a Japan of long ago.
Taisho-Era (1920) Picnic Bento Set
Taisho-Era (1920) Picnic Bento Set
This style of picnic bento boxes called Nou-bento ("field bento"), was used by the high-society in Japan beginning in the Edo period, and was essential on outings in the spring when admiring the cherry blossoms and the autumn, when the Japanese maple leaves turn vermilion.
A work of art, this Taisho-era all-in-one box features a slide lid that opens to reveal everything needed for a light picnic — two sliding compartments containing five small lacquered plates, and an ochoko sake cup (meant to be shared). Below is a space for one tokkuri (sake flask) and three stacking containers to fill with some nibbles to enjoy while sipping sake. Flask features handpainted scene of a woman in a kimono carrying fire-wood on her head. Includes a triangular block used as a chopstick rest.
Box features cut-out pattern of houjyu, a magical jewel often pictured with dragons said to grant the wishes of the owner.
Details & Care:
- Date: 1920 (inner lacquer plates 1900)
- As this is an antique item (about 100 years old), there are some signs of wear but otherwise in amazing condition.
- Handmade in Japan.
- Final Sale (not eligible for returns or exchanges)
Taxes & Customs FeesAs our products are shipped from Japan they may be subject to taxes and to customs fees in the country of delivery. These costs are the customer’s responsibility.
For our customers in the USA:
Most packages with a declared value that is under $2000 USD will be cleared without any fees.
For our customers in Australia:
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For our customers in the EU:
From 1 July 2021, import VAT is payable on all goods entering the EU, irrespective of their value. For goods with a value of more than €150 you will have to pay Customs Duty in addition to import VAT. The customs value on which Customs Duty is calculated is the cost of the goods plus transport (including postage), any insurance and any handling charges to deliver the goods to the EU. The rate of Customs Duty that applies depends on the goods you import.
Carrier handling fees are typically $10 to $20.
To minimize fees, we recommend selecting the ePacket shipping method and not the Express Shipping Method.
We understand that custom fees are worrying for some of you. We hope that you are reassured by the fact that, when buying on Bento&co, you really are ordering direct from Japan- getting authentic and original Japanese items that are not easily found anywhere else.
For Express Shipping: FedEx, UPS and DHL usually send an invoice a few days after delivery where as EMS (JP Post shipped, delivered by your National Post) generally charges the required sum at delivery.
For Registered & Economy Shipping: Your national carrier will generally bill you when applicable.
Bento&co is officially licensed by Kyoto prefecture to sell antiques. License number: 611242230009
A piece of living history
Selected by one of Kyoto's top antique dealers
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