Hana (Shunkei-nuri) [T2]

Hana (Shunkei-nuri) [T2]

Price: US$92.00

Weight: 428g

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Shunkei-nuri obento-bako is unique in its amazingly transparent color, but is durable as daily lunch box. Designated as Japan Traditional Craft in 1975.

This beautiful shunkei-nuri bento box is from Gifu Prefecture and is made from real lacquered wood from the hida ( or Japanese Cypress) tree. It is hand-made by skillful artisans. Bento boxes in this style have been made since the early 1600s.

The first thing that takes the eye when looking at a shunkei-nuri bento box is its mirror-like surface. (Actually, taking photos of the products is not easy, as its surface is highly reflective!) This makes it unique among Japan lacquered products. Artisans give shunkei-nuri objects a first coat and then polish and repeat the process several times, so as to add strength and a soft texture. Then, they coat them with shunkei-urushi, a special lacquer produced by the manufacturer. The manufacturer prepares the lacquer and applies it only after a maturing period of over a year.
Differing from other Japan traditional lacquers, this lacquer does not contain any pigment and is therefore transparent, showing the grains underneath and allowing it to reflect the world around it.

You will also notice its deep colors. We offer it in two colors; brown and red. Brown, which at the corners appears as yellow, is a more standard color for shunkei-nuri, while red is more popular among ladies.


One of the unique aspects of such lacquered product is their color change; they are darker when first coated but will turn lighter and more transparent day by day. This is particularly apparent with shunkei-nuri, as their lacquer does not contain any pigment. Please use it every day and enjoy the change!

The Japan Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry designated, shunkei-nuri products as ‘Japan Traditional Crafts’ in 1975. However, the manufacturers proudly state that their products are not art, but are for daily use. Using yours every day will create a one-and-only shunkei-nuri.

Maintenance is very simple. All you need to do is avoid using dishwashers/dryers, instead washing the product gently by hand, and then immediately drying it with a very soft cloth, like taking care of your skin. As it is real wood, moisture is important in keeping the product in good condition. Daily use is the key to maintaining it well!

We recommend the use of wood cutlery with this product, as it will lessen damage to the wood’s grain.

Photo by Masako Inoue: http://www.the-bouquet.jp/#id0

Item Description

Material 100% natural wood
Total Capacity 500ml (250ml each)
Dimensions 15.2cm x 7.5cm x 8.7cm (5.98″ x 2.95″ x 3.42″)
Weight 150g
Maintenance Wash by hand. Do not leave immersed in water. Wipe off any excess water with a very soft cloth, then leave the box to dry completely.
Microwave/Oven Not safe. Inflammable – keep out from fire
Made in Japan Gifu

Other Images

  • The item will be delivered in a classic Japan-style box.
  • Red Shunkei
  • Brown Shunkei
Hana (Shunkei-nuri) [T2]

Price: US$92.00

Weight: 428g

color:
Quantity: