This is an introduction to the bento box of “Bending Wappa”, a traditional craft with a history of 400 years from Akita cedar.
Akita cedar’s “bending wappa” was designated as a traditional craft of Akita Prefecture in 1980.
The natural Akita cedar is full of grain and aroma, and the natural grain pattern and curved curve scarare are very beautiful bento boxes.
The distance between the rings is finely aligned, and the bright and elegant grain of wood gives a simple taste with beauty and elegance.
Due to the hygroscopic, aromatic, and bactericidal effect inherent in Akita cedar, it has been loved by many people as it has two days of rice even in the summer. Cedar trees originally have a natural bactericidal effect, preventing the growth of bacteria harmful to the human body. It has the effect of preventing food poisoning and O-157. Unlike plastic bento boxes, when there is too much water in the rice, the functionality of absorbing moisture and releasing it when there is little moisture is a wonderful wisdom of our predecessors. Even if the rice cools down, the reason why it feels delicious is not because of the nature, but because the cedar lunch box adjusts the humidity to prevent the drying of the rice and prevent it from becoming sticky with excessive moisture, and maintains the optimum humidity. It may be said that it is a high-tech material developed by our predecessors 400 years ago. You can eat the same ingredients more deliciously and safely.
Akita cedar is known for its fine and homogeneous beautiful grain, but among them, only the grain part of the annual ring is used.
From a single cedar wood, you can see how carefully selected materials are used, as only 30% of the materials can be taken.
All the craftsmen make it by hand one by one.
Boil the cedar base plate in boiling water, soften it, and bend it quickly while it is hot.
Everything is decided in this moment, so it is necessary to use the power based on high skill and experience.
Sew the bent wappa with cherry bark.
After the work is completed, it is made over a huge amount of time and effort, such as file, subbed, abrasive, medium coating, abrasive, finishing coating.
This lunch box is shaped like “Hango”, and the curve is bent gently.
It has an attractive shape that can’t be said to be indescribable.
It is also good to use separately the two steps with rice and side dishes, or it is also good to use only one step,
Depending on the amount of food you eat, you can use it in three ways.
Since the capacity of the first stage and the second stage are different, depending on the amount
You can use it differently.