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Magewappa is a traditional craftwork that has been made for about four hundred years in Odate city (Akita prefecture), which is located at the east end of Shirakami Mountains (A World National Heritage), and is also known as one of the most famous cedar growing districts in Japan.
History of Magewappa
Magewappa was first made by woodcutters in the Odate area, using straight grain Akita Cedar. The Lord of Odate Castle, Nishiie Satake, encouraged this use of the soldiers and has been passed on from generation to generation from the end of the Edo Era to the present. With the emergence of plastics, it became economically necessary for some craftsmen to change their business. Since then more people are becoming aware of real quality and craftsmanship. Odate Magewappa fits this description perfectly.
Magewappa Creation Process
For more than four hundred years our ancestors have exploited mountains, planted Japanese cedars, and repeated the process of weeding, pruning, and thinning out the forests every year to protect the beauty and health of the environment for the next generation
Finest Selection of Trees
Even though four hundred saplings of Akita cedar are planted, at the end, less than thirty of those would be used to make products. Only Akita cedars over one hundred years old, which have survived the very severe weather conditions of northern Japan, can be bent in the manufacturing process mentioned above. Ones with a knot or even slight discoloration cannot be used.
Special Features of Magewappa
The Magewappa products are known for the brilliant elegance of their straight grain, and the light yet rich color. They meet the needs of modern lifestyle.