Explore the Great Outdoors

Sophie

The weather’s been a bit hit or miss lately, but that’s meant to change this weekend. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to be soaking up as much sunshine as possible before our wonderful British weather inevitably dumps a load of rain on us.

I’m lucky enough to live near a few large parks, so I really enjoy packing a picnic, taking a book (or my Nintendo switch!) and spending an afternoon lying on the grass. Our magewappa bento boxes are the perfect companions for a picnic. Magewappa is a method involving taking a slice of cedar wood and steaming it so you can bend it into shape. The ends are then bound together using the bark of cherry trees. The cedar has antibacterial properties, as well as moisture-controlling properties, so your food stays fresh and doesn’t get soggy. They’re an investment, but if taken care of properly can last for years and years. In fact there is a magewappa bento box in the Odate Folk Museum in Akita, Japan that is over 1000 years old.

Mugicha - Barley Tea

Why not take a bottle of cold brewed Mugicha with you? This barley tea has a nutty, almost coffee like taste but with zero caffeine. It’s incredibly refreshing on a hot day and is also great for children. You’ll often see school children in Japan with flasks of chilled mugicha in the summer. Mugicha not only tastes good, it’s also packed with vitamin C and antioxidants.

I also like to take a tenugui cloth with me. Not only can you wrap up your bento box, along with any cutlery (like maybe our new fruit wood chopsticks…?!). you can then use the tenugui as a mini picnic blanket, as well as as a napkin.

You can see all of our picks for enjoying the great outdoors in our picnic edit.

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