Magewappa is one of the most beautiful examples of traditional Japanese woodcraft. Akita cedar from 200-year-old trees is stripped, boiled, bent and tied together with bark from cherry blossoms. Only Akita cedars over a hundred years old, which have survived the very severe weather conditions of northern Japan, can be bent in the manufacturing process The wood has a beautiful straight grain which is accentuated by the curves in the finished products.
This is a vintage mold called "kashigata". Often made of sakura (cherry wood) and seasoned for about 3 years before carving, kashigata were used to make dried confectionery made of rice flour and sugar called rakugan. Earliest records show that this practice dates back to the mid-17th century. Japan