Spinning Top Yamanaka Lacquerware Two Tiers Round Jubako Bento Box

JPY ¥105,000

This colorful two-tiered Jubako Bento box is decorated with "Koma(spinning top)-nuri" and "Tame-nuri," two of Yamanaka Lacquerware's distinctive features.

"Koma-nuri (spinning top lacquring)" was popular among the common people in the mid-Edo period and refers to an eye-catching, multicolored lacquering technique. Each color is applied one by one by a maki-e artist with a brush while turning a lathe. The result looks like Japanese spinning tops, which is said to bring good luck, and this lavishly colored design is perfect for festive banquets such as New Year's.

"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.