Hakata magemono or wappa from Fukuoka 博多曲物 玉樹

 Hakata magemono is a traditional crafts from Fukuoka, Japan. Magemono (曲げ物)literally means ‘Bent thing’ and it is generally made with Japanese cedar.

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Me on the left and Ms. Tamaki Shibata, who is the principal craftswoman, in the middle. As far as I know she is the only female craftswoman who makes this type of crafts in Japan.

This craft is generally called Wappa (わっぱ) in Japanese and Akita prefecture, which is located in the north of main land Japan, is the most famous region for the production of this craft. There are two families (both families are called Shibata) who have been making the crafts in Fukuoka and their products are called Magemono rather than Wappa, although they are identically similar.

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    Bento lunch boxes are the most popular items of all because they say it keeps rice moist and the rice stays tasty even when it gets cold.

The bento boxes come in various sizes and the smallest one is 5,500yen+tax, which is much cheaper than those of Akita. The price of the largest size is 7,500yen+tax.

The larger round containers, which are called ‘Meshi-bitsu’ (飯びつ), are to keep steamed rice temporarily.

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When you keep rice in an electric rice cooker, the rice generally gets either too soggy or too dry and it loses its taste after a certain period of time, but these wooden containers keep the rice moist and tasty.

You can, of course, use them for other purposes as you like e.g. to keep kitchen items etc.

S 8,500yen+tax, M 10,000yen+tax, L 13,000yen+tax

This crafts remind me of Shaker boxes, but the noticeable differences are that the Magemono in Japan uses the cherry tree barks to connect the wooden band as you can see the brown dots on the connecting area of the containers.

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They also make this type of plate (菓子皿). 11,000yen+tax. The size is about 21cm in diameter.

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These trays usually come in two different sizes, but the size can be custom made for your need.

The smaller one is about 24cm in diameter and the larger one is about 30cm. The prices are 8,000yen+tax and 10,000yen+tax respectably.

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The photo is of the larger one with a teapot and tea cups (both of them are available at my store).

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These are three different sized place mats.

Sizes are S: about 30cm, M:34cm, L:38cm in diameter.

The prices are  S: 12,000yen+tax,  M:15,000yen+tax,  L: 20,000yen+tax

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The large size is large enough to hold several bowls and plates at the same time.

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Standard wine cooler 25,000yen+tax

 

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Two layered heart shaped wine cooler 55,000yen+tax.

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The ice bucket comes with the bamboo tongs. 13,000yen+tax.

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One of the craftswoman is sewing the wooden band with the cherry tree barks.

The bento lunch boxes and the round containers are waiting for being processed at the next stage.

 

How to purchase them?

You can either visit our store in Tokyo or you can send us emails and we can send them overseas by EMS or send them to those designated hotels or places within Japan where you specify after confirming your payment.

For domestic delivery within Japan, it is free when the total goes over 10,800yen.

Contact address is info(at)mabysoshite.com (please change the (at) to @).

How to visit us in Tokyo?

The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station (外苑前駅)Exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro.  When you walk up the stairs of the exit 1b, you just need to walk straight for about 100m and our store is on the right side of the street on the ground floor.

Gaienmae station is only 2 stops away from Shibuya on Tokyo Metro Ginza line.

If you are a visitor, please bring your passport, so you can enjoy tax free shopping!

You can also find a map on our HP!

http://www.mabysoshite.com/access/acces

MA by So Shi Te

2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,

Tokyo Japan 107–0062

Tel: 03-3401-0922

For Japanese blog about this product, please visit our Japanese https://blog.goo.ne.jp/mabysoshite/e/45fd8deac0a5839e62240499a5f28b66

 

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. spring snow says:

    Every single day, I cook my lunch and bring it to my work. Lunch box is my life line ( lol ). I bought the bamboo lunch box from your shop , it was fantastic !!
    As being “ lunch box-holic “ , I can not miss this Mage Wappa lunch box !
    Thank you for introducing such a great product !!!

    1. Thank you very much for your comment! I’m glad to know you’ve been using the bento box! They closed the workshop last year due to the retirement of the principal craftsman. I hope you are well! Shiro

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