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Yamacoh Ohitsu Sawara Wooden Rice Container (Edobitsu)

Size: 18cm

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Size 36 cm, 39 cm, and 42 cm are built to order, and it takes some time until shipping. Please contact us for the exact delivery date.

Product Information

  • Brand:Yamacoh
  • Material:Body: Natural wood (Sawara cypress), Bands: Copper
  • Product type:Food Containers
  • Country of origin:Nagano, Japan
  • 18 cm:Dimensions (approx): Diameter: φ18 x H12.5 cm, Capacity (approx): 630 ml, Item weight (approx): 600 g, Shipping weight (approx): 1000 g
  • 21 cm:Dimensions (approx): Diameter: φ21 x H14 cm, Capacity (approx): 900 ml, Item weight (approx): 800 g, Shipping weight (approx): 1200 g
  • 24 cm:Dimensions (approx): Diameter: φ24 x H15.5 cm, Capacity (approx): 1260 ml, Item weight (approx): 1000 g, Shipping weight (approx): 1400 g
  • 27 cm:Dimensions (approx): Diameter: φ27 x H17 cm, Capacity (approx): 1800 ml, Item weight (approx): 1300 g, Shipping weight (approx): 2060 g
  • 30 cm:Dimensions (approx): Diameter: φ30 x H18.5 cm, Capacity (approx): 2700 ml, Item weight (approx): 1600 g, Shipping weight (approx): 2360 g
  • 33 cm:Dimensions (approx): Diameter: φ33 x H22.5 cm, Capacity (approx): 3610 ml, Item weight (approx): 2200 g, Shipping weight (approx): 2960 g
  • 36 cm:Dimensions (approx): Diameter: φ36 x H24.6 cm, Capacity (approx): 5410 ml, Item weight (approx): 2800 g, Shipping weight (approx): 4110 g
  • 39 cm:Dimensions (approx): Diameter: φ39 x H27.6 cm, Capacity (approx): 7220 ml, Item weight (approx): 3500 g, Shipping weight (approx): 4810 g
  • 42 cm:Dimensions (approx): Diameter: φ42 x H30.6 cm, Capacity (approx): 9020 ml, Item weight (approx): 4000 g, Shipping weight (approx): 5310 g

Key Features

  • This is a wooden container with a slip-on lid called “Ohitsu” and basically used to keep steamed rice out of rice cookers in good condition to eat. The container absorbs unwanted moisture from the rice to keep it non-sticky and soft.
  • This container is made of wood named “Sawara” in the Kiso region and handmade by professionals in a traditional method. Its beautiful Masame (straight-grain) pattern and copper ornamentation grant it with sophisticated appearance. Sawara has been used to make Japanese traditional cooking tools such as “Hangiri (Handai)” and “Ohitsu” since the ancient days and has earned good reputation as a wood material for kitchen tools.
  • Naturally grown Sawara wood contains more resin than other types of trees. Such trees have higher water resistance and durability and so last longer with natural antibacterial effects.
  • “Edobitsu” and “Nosebitsu” are both Ohitsu, and the difference is the shape of the lid.

Use & Care

  • Resin can sometimes ooze out on the surface. However, it’s a natural ingredient and harmless despite its yellowish, sticky and stain-like appearance. If you wipe it off with vinegar or ethanol liquid (sterilizing alcohol), you can get rid of the stickiness. Although some of yellow stains will remain, there’s no problem in use with safety assured.
  • The container should be sufficiently washed with (hot) water after use to make sure there isn’t any bit of food left, which can cause black stains. After washed, it should be well-drained, wiped with a dry cloth and dried in cool well-ventilated places out of direct sunlight. If it’s dried without the remaining water wiped off first, its wood will quickly shrink, causing cracks and loosening of the surrounding copper ornamentation. The longer it remains wet, the sooner it gets molded or black-stained.
  • Incompatible with dishwashers.


Yamacoh Co., Ltd. was founded in 1972 in Nakatsugawa, Gifu, Japan, which used to be a post town between Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto during the Edo period (1603–1868).