Akita Two-Tiered Cedar Bento Box Ume

A bento box handcrafted by experienced craftspeople in Ōdate, Akita Prefecture in the shape of a flowering plum blossom with an outline of five petals.

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This bento box is handcrafted by experienced craftspeople in Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, who shape its walls to resemble five petals, evoking the imagery of a blooming ume (plum) blossom.
The craft of mage-wappa is used to form the bento box, a technique regional to Ōdate, Akita Prefecture. Thinly sliced strips of Akita cedar are carefully boiled and bent into a circular form, then sewn together using sakura (cherry blossom) bark. Renowned for its attractive even grain, Akita cedar possesses a moisture-absorbing quality that preserves the flavour of freshly cooked rice, even when served cold. It is also fortified with a polyurethane coating, which protects the wood from oily or strong-coloured foods.
Designed for practicality, the bento box features two layers to separate rice from stronger flavoured side dishes in order to preserve the integrity of each dish.

Before using, it is recommended to rinse with lukewarm water several times and dry in a well-ventilated place to prevent the absorption of bad smells or stains.
Use a mild detergent when washing and wipe with a dry cloth and dry facing upwards.
Not suitable for dishwashers, gas cookers, ovens, strong cleansers, bleach, or scourers.
Do not soak in water over a long period of time.
Do not leave in direct sunlight or near an open flame.
Distortion and discolouration may occur.
Avoid using metal cutlery with the bento box.

Size: 12.5 × 12.5 × 9.3 cm

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