Pine Bamboo and Plum Echizen Lacquerware Three Tiers Jubako Bento Box
This three-tiered Jubako bento box is decorated with pine, bamboo and plum blossoms in gold Maki-e lacquer. This item can be said to be the crystallization of Echizen lacquerware techniques, and the beauty of the finish is mesmerizing.
The wood is coated with a base called "Hon-kataji (raw lacquer mixed with clay powder)." The process of applying Hon-kataji and polishing it after it dries is repeated many times. This undercoat is called the most process-intensive and toughest, and is only used for some high-end lacquerware.
It is finished by hand lacquering and hand polishing. The combination of black lacquer and Maki-e gives an authentic and luxurious look. It is recommended for special events or when inviting guests, as it renders the table a gorgeous and traditional Japanese atmosphere.
Maki-e is a technique in which pictures, patterns, and letters are painted on the surface of lacquerware, and then gold or silver powder is sprinkled onto the surface of the ware before it dries.
The rounded corners are not only beautiful, but also easy to fill with food and wash. In addition, to avoid being damaged by stacking and placing, small felt pads are applied to the four corners on the back of the each tier. And on the bottom, seals are placed to prevent scratching.
It comes in a wooden box, making it suitable for storage or as a gift.
A single layer of a Jubako can hold about one and a half to two cups of rice.
This is enough for about three to five people.
You can use just one or two tiers, so you can adjust it according to the number of people. You can also put sweets in it for a gorgeous look.
Echizen lacquerware originated around the city of Sabae in Fukui Prefecture, in the northern part of Japan. It is known for its subdued luster and elegant beauty with a history going back more than 1,500 years.
Echizen lacquerware has developed techniques for product diversification and mass production in response to changing lifestyles and market needs. Echizen lacquerware is easy to use, durable, and beautiful, and is loved not only by households but also by cooking professionals, accounting for more than 80% of all lacquerware for the food industry and commercial use in Japan.
- Quantity: 1
- Dimension: [Whole set] 19.8 cm (7.8 in) × 19.8 cm(7.8 in) × H19.3cm (7.6 in)
- Internal Dimension: [Top and middle tier] 18.3 cm (7.2 in) x 18.3 cm (7.2 in) x H5.3 cm (2.1 in) / [Bottom tier] 18.3 cm (7.2 in) x 18.3 cm (7.2 in) x H5.8 cm (2.3 in)
- Box Size: 23cm (9.1 in) × 23.5 cm(9.3 in) × H22.3 cm(8.8 in)
- Material: Wood
- Coating: Lacquer
- Origin: Made in Japan - Echizen Lacquerware
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"Over 1500 years of tradition as the lacquer village"
Echizen lacquerware originated around the city of Sabae in Fukui Prefecture, in the northern part of Japan. Known for its subdued luster and elegant beauty with a history going back more than 1,500 years. It is produced by experienced artisans, each specializing in one step of the production process.Along with the changing lifestyles of Japanese people and market needs, Echizen lacquerware has developed diversified products and created technology for mass production. Echizen lacquerware is not only composed of the traditional kind, where wood is coated with natural "Urushi (lacquer)", but also of industrial lacquerware, which is produced using synthetic resins and paints.Today, Echizen ware represents more than 80% of the lacquerware for domestic food industry and business use. New styles of cutting-edge Echizen lacquerware continue to be released. This is a region that is not only home to centuries of tradition, but also reinventing itself through innovation.