These Masu boxes are handcrafted in Ogaki-City, Gifu Prefecture of Japan. Made from Hinoki (Japanese Cypress Tree), the Ohashi Masu will last a long time with proper care. Keep your box away from water, and if you get it wet, wipe dry with a cloth. This toolbox can be used for storing art tools or personal belongings. The lid can be used both ways to create a tray on top for additional storage.
Masu boxes were traditionally used in Japan for measuring rice and soy sauce, now they’re often used for drinking sake or as part of spring offerings. “Masu” translates to “growth” so the Masu box is associated with prosperity and good luck. For over 60 years Ohashi has been the leading maker of traditional Masu boxes as well as new designs that incorporate traditional construction. Each box is notched together without nails, using shape and small amounts of adhesive. No cypress trees are felled for these boxes, they effectively recycle lumber deemed unfit for other building purposes because of shape or size.