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Magewappa is a traditional craftwork that has been made for about four hundred years in Odate city (Akita prefecture), which is located at the east end of Shirakami Mountains (World National Heritage), and is also known as one of the most famous cedar growing districts in Japan.

Trays, lunch boxes, gsushi-bachih (plates), steamers, salad bowls, and many more are made by thinly shaving Japanese cedars, which have perfect straight grains. Then, the shavings are boiled, bent, and tied up with bark from cherry blossoms. Recently, ice pails and Japanese sake bottles are being produced from these cedars with beautiful grains. The curves of the products, which make the grains more noticeable, truly define art.

For more than four hundred years our ancestors have exploited mountains, planted Japanese cedars, and repeated the process of weeding, pruning, and thinning out the forests every year to protect the beauty and health of the environment for the next generation. Even though four hundred saplings of Akita cedar have been planted, at the end, less than thirty of those would be used to make products. Only Akita cedars over hundred years old, which have survived the very severe weather conditions of northern Japan, can be bent in the manufacturing process mentioned above. Ones with a knot or even slight discoloration cannot be used. It is our pride that we have been making each product from top quality materials by hand for over a century.

Since Magewappa barely has any topcoat, it cannot be placed in the water for a long time. However, it is very lightweight and its faint aroma perfectly compliments Japanese foods. It especially brings great ambiance when used to present sushi.

Bowls processed with lacquer posses a vivid red color, which wonderfully works with its simple round shape, bringing out its extraordinary design and ensuring a gorgeous presentation on the table. When used for occasions such as entertaining special guests, they definitely liven up the conversation.

Although some may develop a rash from the sap of the lacquer, it has been used to coat dishes for more than four thousand years. As a natural material, dried products are very safe and thus, it can be comfortably used by anyone (it is not dish washer safe and cannot be used in the microwave).

Products by Japan Craftwork Corp. have received many awards such as the Good Design Award by Ministry of International Trade and Industry in Japan. Not only are we developing new products everyday, but we also repair products (fee required) that have loose joints due to their long use. It is more than our pleasure to see our customers use the products we have created for a long time.

Although we accept orders only from clients in Japan through this web site, please contact us via e-mail for details on how to purchase from other countries.

Japan Craftwork Corp.



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