Shibata Yoshinobu Shoten

Shibata Yoshinobu Shoten, led by Shibata Yoshinobu and his son Yoshimasa, uses 200-year old natural cedar wood from Akita Prefecture to handcraft mage-wappa (bent woodware). The technique involves boiling and bending thin sheets of cedar and shaping them into circular containers such as baskets, cups, pots and bento lunch boxes. The craft has been perfected in Japan over 400 years.

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