Series: Carefully selected quality items! Get “Japanese Bento box” from traditional styles to the latest features
“Bento” is a box meal, which assort rice or other staple food and several side dishes colorfully. In Japan, Bento-bako (lunch box) with a variety of ingenuity have been sold. This time, we introduce the world of various Bento boxes from the products used traditional materials and techniques to high-tech ones that make full use of science and technology.
Japanese culture has been prominently reflected - Mage-wappa (bentwood)
“Mage-wappa” is a container made with a technique that skillfully bends wooden boards of cedar and cypress. Even in present, it is a popular traditional Japanese craft with its beautiful grain, overwhelming lightness, and comfortableness.
This is a Odate Mage-wappa Bento box created by Odate Kogeisha in Akita prefecture. The Odate’s Mage-wappa is said to have begun with the fact that loggers used cedar trees to make containers. The grain of the Akita Cedar that was nurtured by a rich nature is characterized by uniform beauty.
The idea of the shape comes from a camping rice cooker, and it is nicely fit in hand. The secret to make it is the technique of how to treat trees. We simply admire its curves, smooth interfaces, and the way of the lid fits with the main body like gravitating towards each other.
In addition, as it is processed in order to maintain easily in daily life, it doesn't choose what to put in.
It is a bento box only Japan that has been covered with forest for about 70% of the country, and has lived with the tree.
“Odate Kogeisha head office show room”
● 29-15, Ieushiro, Shakanai, Odate-shi, Akita Prefecture
Perfect for special occasions -- Lacquered Bento box
“Shunkei-Nuri” is one of the styles of lacquerware. Its feature is the beauty of amber color luster. It is a technique to make use of wood grain by finishing with high transparency lacquer called “Suki-Urushi,” unlike black or vermillion, which represent an image of lacquerware.
This Bento box is from Hida Shunkei-Nuri Honpo Fukuju Shikki (lacquerware) in Takayama city famous for old nostalgic streets. This beautiful container is completed by both a craftsman called "Kiji-shi (wooden master)" who process wood, and “Nuri-shi (painter)” who refines, rubs and repeatedly paint lacquer many times.
The semilunar-shaped Makunouchi Bento-bako that the woodgrain stands out in a gentle form, and the beautiful rectangular Bento-bako with a clean line, both of them make meal looks more delicious with its neat structure and deep gloss luster. They can be used for both daily lunch and special occasion.
“Hida Shunkei-nuri Honpo Fukuju Shikkiten”
● 72, Sakuramachi, Takayama-shi, Gifu Prefecture
● 8:30 – 17:00 (Sundays 9:00-16:00)
● Closed on January 1 and August 15
Beautiful form made of stainless-steel
Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture is a world-famous city for metallic western tableware and metal houseware production. “Kobo Aizawa” has spun its history of nearly 100 years in the city. Various housewares have been created base on their philosophy, “(Omitted) Functionally rich ones are beautiful, and beautiful shapes work functionally (abbreviation),” and they are very popular among those pursuing quality.
A hardness and cleanliness of stainless-steel and the warm and natural shape despite the unnecessary things clipped off attract people.
The stainless-steel Bento-bako has the advantage that it is durable, light, easy to wash, and hard to smell. Simple, tough, and beautiful Bento-bako. It can be a buddy for your daily living.
If you want to eat meal hot anytime, have a Bento-bako that keeps your meal warm.
This is the model that symbolizes the evolution of Bento-bako. It is a lunch box, which can keep meal warm from Thermos, a leading company of vacuum bottles.
Cylindrical shaped thermal case has vacuum insulation structure. It can keep “rice,” indispensable for Japanese lunch keeps warm for a long time. In addition, the room-temperature container comes with the case. You can carry them in a special pouch.
Another highlight is that rice container and side-dish containers are microwavable. You can enjoy the meal warm at anytime and anywhere you go (※ insulated case & lid are not microwaveable).
“Enjoy warm and delicious meal every time.” This Bento-bako materializes the Japanese thoughtfulness for the family. It is highly recommended for outdoor excursions as well as everyday use.
Great to carry around! Functional and distinctive shape
This is a Bento-bako, which seems to be a strong ally of students and business people who are in an urban life.
A Bento-bako from CB Japan Co., Ltd. is thin as 3.5 cm and the same size as A4(letter) document long. It seems like a small mobile device, which you can swiftly slide it into your bag.
Of course, you can put it together with documents and notes. The lid is structured as firmly fixed in 4-point locking style.
A Bento-bako is usually bulky in baggage, but this could be possible to carry around neatly.
“CB Japan Co., Ltd.”
*The above information was last updated January 4, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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