It is a wooden bowl, beautifully rounded and calming down the dining table.
The producer of these wooden bowls is Sonobe Sangyo, who manufactures based on "Odawara Wooden Products," which is a local industry in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Each wooden bowl takes several months to complete, and craftsmen of Sonobe Sangyo go through the entire procedure of selecting the wood, drying the wood, forming using potter's wheel, and finishing with paint.
As it is made of wood, one of its features is the soft-touch that the lip of these bowls has. Another characteristic is that the bowls match with any kind of dish, whether it is a western or an eastern dish.
The Meibokuwan series is a longtime seller, which received the Good Design Award in 1996 and has been supported for more than 20 years.
As the neighboring Izu and Hakone contained rich nature within the regions, production utilizing wood as material prospered in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture.
In the Edo period, woodenware made at Odawara became popular among travelers traveling Hakone and Tokaido.
The popularity showed no signs of slowing down, and even during the post-war period, the woodenware utilizing high-quality wood and technology was highly regarded, exporting salad bowls abroad.
Even today, the high-quality wooden materials and technology are surely handed down.
Cherry, beloved by Japanese. The fine and shiny qualities of the material are some of the characteristics of cherry. While the material is also strong, and thus, the cherry bowl is also solid.
Zelkova, a precious wood familiar to Japanese. Its hard, strong, and reliable qualities are some of the material's characteristics. Traditional vessels, such as bowls and trays have frequently used zelkova as their material, making use of its features. It is a material suitable for making bowls.
A beech tree grows naturally in various places around Japan since ancient times. Dressed in fresh green leaves during summer and bears acorns during fall. The vessel made of a beech tree, which is characterized by its white, refreshing bark, appears simple and feels natural.
A chestnut tree has been deeply related to the lifestyle of the Japanese since ancient times. As it is heavy, hard, and sticky, resistant to water, it truly plays a thankless but vital role in Japanese society. Solid beams, pillars, and railroad ties are all made of chestnut trees. It produces a very enjoyable grain that appears in cream color, just like the chestnuts, which surely looks tasty.
Japanese walnut appears a little more simple compared to the walnut tree used for western furniture. The deep and unique color, dimly purplish and smokey in appearance, produces a very elegant and refined impression in contrast to precise, lustrous grain with shades.
Oak has been used as materials for furniture and casks for liquor in the West. Japanese oaks are characterized by their solid and heavy material. It perfectly plays its role even as a vessel on top of the dining table. If cherry is feminine, Japanese oak may be masculine.
Thank you very much for such great service. The stock confirmation and shipping was super quick and the items were packed so well. I love the sonobe meibokuwan so much. Yes, there are some markings on the wood and different patterns but this is all natural and beautiful in its own way. I am actually going to order another 6 more, just trying to decide if I should get some Beech. Many thanks again for your great service. I will definitely be shopping with Shokunin again and will recommend your store to all my family and friends. I am very grateful that you have made these beautiful Japanese crafts available to the rest of the world! Thank you!
W.T. from Australia
I am very happy with everything I have received. The items you carry are quite lovely and I look forward to seeing what you come up with in the future. You guys do such a great job packaging everything and I appreciate your customer service support as well. Thank you! Have a happy holiday and a blessed New Year!
T from USA
This item is usually shipped in 2 business days. If it is out of stock, we will inform you of the expected shipping date.
There are 6 types of meiboku: cherry, zelkova, beech, chestnut, walnut, and oak. Like humans, woods have their own characters as well. Cherry, zelkova, and beech are popular.
Sonobe Sangyo Meibokuwan Cherry S
As it is recommended as the first vessels for children, it is truly suitable as gifts celebrating births. Suitable for light breakfast and midnight snacks.
Founded in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture in 1949. Due to their performance of exporting many wooden salad bowls to Europe, they have received a certificate from the Japanese government, which highly evaluates their contribution to the Japanese trade and industry, for 6 years in a row since 1965. They have been manufacturing simple and strong tablewares.