Magewappa Sushi Oke Bowl Hangiri

by Shibata Yoshinobu Shouten

Magewappa is a round box made of native Akita cedars in Northern Japan. It was once a lost technique but the founder, Yoshinobu Shibata revived it and has been evolving it after years of experiment and effort. This is a heirloom quality of impressive functional art that is used for generations. Magewappa was originally used to keep cooked rice fresh. The natural cedar wood adjusts the humidity in the box and keeps the rice and the food really fresh and tasty. The unfinished surface of the wood emphasizes its natural beauty and the aroma of cedar spreads when opening. Thinly cut cedar is bent and rounded in hot water, then the two ends of the bent wood are fixed into place woven by strips of mountain cherry bark. It is painstakingly made with a lot of detailed hand work which requires high intuition for the degree of the precise work after many years experience. It takes about 3 months to make one box after much endeavor.

Hangiri or Sushi Oke is traditionally used to cool the rice cooked for sushi by mixing it on the tub. It also becomes a beautiful plate served on the table after cooking. The cedar is cut more thickly than it is for other boxes and the edge is finished with cherry bark strips. Here, the lacing of the bark strips is more complicated and it demonstrates the skill of the craftsmen. The lid is designed to be separated in two parts so that it does not occupy as much space when you leave the lid off. As you open the box, the aroma of cedar becomes very present. Its simple form will make your food look even tastier.

Use with care

For durability, food-safe glue is attached only to the edge of the inside of the box. In some dry environment, the effect of the container may be different from the one in Japan. After use, please soak in hot water and clean with a scrubbing brush of natural material. Use hot water and polishing powder for deep cleansing. Do not use baking soda, bleach, or ph neutral detergent. Rinse well and air dry.

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Dimensions: D315 x H95 mm (D12.4 x H3.74 in)

Made in: Akita

Weight: 903.00 g (1.99 lb)

Creator: Shibata Yoshinobu Shouten

Materials: Akita Cedar,Cherry bark