Bento Box

Japanese Lunch Box Bento-Bako

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Item Number Be001
Item Name Bento Box 001
Price 4,500 YEN
47 U.S.dollars 36 euros
Packing weight about 420 g
Size about 20 x 10 x 10 cm
using nested H 5.8cm
Capacity Upper about 430 ml,
Lower about 550 ml
Includes Rubber band

*Can't use included band in the following cases. Please prepare a replacement.

  • using only one stage
  • using nested

*At the time of purchase, please read Note certainly.*

About This Bento Box

Japanese Bento Box

This is one of the Bento-Box(lunch box) of traditional Japan, "Mage-Wappa" which finished in wipe lacquer.
There are a lot of good different from the cheap lunch box made of plastic.

First, because it is made of wood and it breathe, can it adjust the humidity.
So, rice become more delicious.
Wood absorbs excess moisture, and release to water if rice is dry.
For that, rice is nonperishable in summer, and hard to cool down in winter.

Second, Urushi(Japanese lacquer) is unlike other paints, don't interfere breathing of wood because finely through air and moisture.
And Urushi is resistant to acid and salt.
So, easily to removes of dirt and smell from food.
Also there is no worry about color transfer from ingredients.
In addition, Urushi have antibacterial effect, so you can keep food in sanitary condition.
From hard to damage of food, it very useful to carry cooked food.

Chopsticks Also check along with your Bento Box.

Third, Food is shine in wooden basis so look in delicious even any foodstuff.
And you will become fun when open to lid of Bento box.
This lunch box is able to enjoy the fragrance of wood and beauty or feel of the straight grain of cedar.
More you use it for many year, dignified comes out and you can enjoy flavor of look.
Since material is cedar It is very light, so carrying around become easier.
It is ideal for lunch every day.

These features are Lacquering MageWappa Bento box own.

In addition, this lunch box is a nested type and it can be stored in the lower box by turning over the upper box.
So, very compact and useful at the time of storing or carring after eating.
Or, you can use it only one box.
Please use it freely according to the application.


To have you use it for long, wash thoroughly with warm water after use and wipe with a soft cloth immediately, please be dried well.
If you put the lid while wet and leave, as this can cause darkening.
You should wipe off the moisture after wash and dry without it face down.

It is a lacquer product, so you can wash with a mild detergent and sponge.
Please don't use something like that Scrubbing brush, Cleanser, Dishwasher because be scratch.
Please don't use of hot water and soaking to such as washing tub.

If you apply it to the direct rays of the sun, may cause deformation and discoloration.
Please don't put in soup or other liquid because this is not a sealed type.

What's the Bento?

Japanese Bento

Bento is the carry-able lunch of Japanese.
It packed in a box a variety of side dishes or rice.
"Bento" is a word originated from Japan and has become a global language.
From the point of view of nutritional, economic and beauty, this culture of Japan has gained a high reputation all over the world now.

  1. Rarity that are packed full of many kinds side dishes, little by little in a small box.
  2. The interest of healthy Japanese food.
  3. The rise of art of Bento which produced by meticulous work.
    Especially called "Chara-Ben(Character Bento)" is very popular in recent years.

From the above, it was spread to all over the world in the blink of an eye.

Japanese Bento Box

The origin of Bento is carrying packed rice balls in a box in Heian period.
It was eaten in such as Japanese tea party or cherry-blossom viewing.
After, it has evolved as a lunch for school.

Many household in Japan, the mother makes Bento every morning for husband and children.
Mom considering the balance of color or appearance, and nutrition or foodstuff, and putting in lunch box to little by little a variety of side dishes.
If there is Bento, you can take a lunch at low cost and healthy, and lunch time will be more fun.
It's one of the wonderful culture of Japan which can feel the love the person of made.

About the Urushi

Japanese Bento Box

This product is finishing in wipe the surface by Japanese lacquer.
This technique is called "Fuki-Urushi(wipe Japanese lacquer)".
It is a technique that impregnated directly raw lacquer(Ki-Urushi, transparent raw lacquer not purified ) to wood, wipe off any excess lacquer, polish it dries, and repeating these process.
This is also called "Suri-Urushi"(lub Japanese lacquer).
It feature is strong because Japanese lacquer is soak firmly in bare wood, and the wood grain is the stand out nicely.

The lacquer is a natural resin paint obtained by processing the sap that is collected from Urushinoki(Poison oak).
The most common use is a paint, and it's referred to as "lacquerware" that tools painted by Japanese lacquer.
Shining black lacquered is rated toughness and beauty in traditional craft.
So it used in high-quality furniture, tableware, and musical instruments.

Japanese Bento Box

Japanese lacquer is strong heat and moisture, acid, alkali, and also have some anti-corruption, and insect repellent effect.
So, It suitable for furniture and tableware.
In the sterilization experiment of MRSA by lacquer, antibacterial effect have recognized.
Because number of viable cells after 24 hours is 100% sterilization rate.
Likewise, bactericidal action for E. coli, salmonella, etc. is permitted.
Also has been confirmed that there is a certain antibacterial for the Mold fungus.

About the Magewappa

Japanese Bento Box

Called Mage-wappa(bending overalls) or Magemono(Circular box) is a wood container.
It is bent in a circle to thinly sliced cedar or cypress and binding of seam by skin of the birch or cherry.
History of Magewappa is old and origin is said the Nara period.

Magewappa is a crafts which making the best use of the power of nature.
Example, beauty of the appearance of the wood grain, or good durability of the tree, etc..
The biggest feature among them is hard to pain to food by bactericidal effect of cedar trees.
It is said that keep to cooked rice for two days in the summertime.

"Keep cool in summer"
"Keep warm in winter".
So, It is best to put the food, especially cooked rice.

Mainly, it has been created for lunch box and Ohitsu( to put the rice).
However,also it made cup, sake bottle, or fishbowl and Japanese drums etc..
In this way, Its use is not limited to only tableware.

Japanese Bento Box
    The manufacturing process
  1. Hand split to cedar wood, or peel the thin wood from lumber.
  2. Bending it after soak in boiling water.
  3. Sew to seam by the skin of wild cherry tree.
  4. Bottoming out.
  5. Finishing of bare wood.
  6. Repeat several times polishing and coating.
  7. As described above, it need to enormous time and effort, and trained craftsmanship.

There are a variety of Magemono in various parts of Japan.
In particular, Odate Magewappa is widely recognized as a traditional craft of Akita prefecture.
It the excellent technology has been specified the traditional crafts of the country in 1980.
It only in Magemono.

How to enjoy Bento

Japanese Bento Box

May be the most important element in Bento is "impressed when It opened the lid".
It does not matter anything delicious, cute, beautiful, etc..
Of course, considering the nutrition is one of the key elements of the Bento.

Bento is a food culture of Japan, but you don't need to be a Japanese style lunch.
Recent, Bento made of only Japanese food is not many.
By all means, you should be enjoyed in a familiar food.

Hinomaru Bento

Bento is appearance or layout is free.
An extreme example, just packed only cutted food.
A lunch of traditional Japan is packed white rice and topped with pickled plum in the middle.
Please don't think stiffly or hassle to Bento.
Try to start by making own way.