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.
This box is called ‘wood cutter’ or ‘kikori' in Japanese. This is because people used to put two meals of rice inside and take them both to work in one box. With its inside layer you can easily organize whatever you put inside. You can close the lid tightly or push it towards the top, depending on the amount of inside contents.
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.
Dimensions: D120 x H80 mm (D4.72 x H3.15 in)
Made in: Akita
Weight: 173.00 g (6.10 oz)
Creator: Shibata Yoshinobu Shouten
Materials: Akita Cedar,Cherry bark