bento item spotlight

Bento boxes of the week: Showa Retro vintage aluminum bento boxes

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Vintage/retro aluminum bento boxes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s are popular as room accessories as well as for bento. continue reading...

Bento box of the week: A 150,000 yen bento from Nikko

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This is not your everyday bento for sure. Offered by a bento maker in the town of Nikko, the Nikko maizoukin (Nikko treasure) bento costs 150,000 yen, about US $1340 at today’s exchange rates. It can only be ordered in Japan of course, and must be pre-ordered. continue reading...

Bento item of the week: Juunishi (Chinese Zodiac) print furoshiki

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Looking forward to the new year, here’s a juunishi or Chinese zodiac print furoshiki, Japanese wrapping cloth. continue reading...

Bento box of the week: Magewappa bento box from northern Japan

magewappa1.jpgMagewappa means bent woodware; it’s a traditional hand craft of Odate, which is located in Akita Prefecture in northern Japan. Straight grained pieces of Akita cedar are bent in circular shapes to form the sides of containers. The bent wood is then fastened with a contrasting dark bark or wood strips.

There’s been a resurgence in the popularity of magewappa ware, so it’s made around the country, but this box comes from Akita, where I think the craftsmanship is still the best.

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Bento box of the week: Hand carved and lacquered Japanese elm

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Hey, a new series! Every week on or around Wednesday, I’ll be featuring a bento box or bento accessory that has caught my eye for some reason. I’ll try to stick to items that can be ordered online as much as possible, unless it’s something truly exceptional.

Important notice: This bento box can be selected as your prize in the Menu for Hope drawing! continue reading...