Bamboo Grass Maki-e Yamanaka Lacquerware Two Tiers Round Jubako Bento Box

JPY ¥82,000

This two-tiered Jubako Bento box is decorated with "Maki-e" on bamboo grass and lacquered with "Tame-nuri".

"Maki-e" is a lacquerware decoration technique in which design is drawn in lacquer, over which gold, silver or other metal powder is sprinkled while the lacquer is wet.

"Tame-nuri" is a lacquerware technique in which a middle coat of lacquer is applied and then polished with a coat of tame-nuri lacquer, so that the more time passes, the more transparent and vivid the base color becomes. Since the lacquer is a transparent candy-colored lacquer, the color of the visible lacquer will vary depending on the color of the lacquer used for the base.

The evenly spaced lines are a characteristic decoration of Yamanaka lacquerware. This decorative method is called "suji-biki," in which fine lines are made parallel to the surface of the wood by applying a blade to the wood while the lathe is turning.

In Japan, it is common to eat a festive dish called "Osechi" at New Year's, which is often served in Jubako. You can carry Jubako around to the house where the gathering takes place on the New Year's day. You can also take it with you when you eat outside, such as for "Hanami"(cherry-blossom viewing). 

This is just the right size for two people. It can also be used as a gorgeous container for sweets in everyday use.


  • Quantity: 1
  • Dimension: [Whole set]D17.4cm(6.9in) x H12.3cm(4.8in)
  • Internal Dimension: [Each tier] Top tier 16.5cm(6.5in) x H3.4cm(1.3in)/Bottom tier 16.4cm(6.5in) x H5cm(2in)
  • Material: Wood 
  • Coating: Lacquer
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Yamanaka Lacquerware

about yamanaka lacquerware

Yamanaka lacquerware is produced in the Yamanaka Onsen area of Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture, and has a history of about 400 years.
The traditional techniques of Yamanaka lacquerware were highly evaluated and became known throughout Japan, despite a period of temporary interruption.
It is characterized by the use of wood grain patterns to express a natural texture, and is made with great attention to detail.
It was designated as a traditional craft by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in 1975.