Magemono is a general terms for containers. It is made of a thin wooden plate, and the plate is bent to a circle or an ellipse shape using a unique technique. Skin of wild cherry trees is used to join plates, and the basement is placed on the bottom to complete a container. This is also called Mage-wappa.
Magemono as a local speciality of Narai-juku has a long history. A water ladle and a water pail of magemono have been excavated from the well of Narai-juku, which proves that magemono had been used daily since the Nara-period (AD 710-794).
Magemono in Kiso Narai-juku has a history of more than 400 years, and the products are made of high quality Kiso cypress and Kiso Sawara grown in the foot of Mt. Ontake.
Although products made of plastics have been widely available nowadays, beneficial features of magemono, such as being made of natural materials, very light and easy to use, have been re-recognized, and it still catches people’s heart.
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