Kiri Rice Bin – Capacity Of 2kg
Kiri Rice Bin is a handmade storage bin (for rice, coffee, etc.) made by Kiri Tansu artisans.
By using the special characteristics of Kiri Wood (Paulownia Wood) that absorbs moisture, which help the artisans to raise the airtightness of the rice bin even more, this rice bin will be able to protect rice from moisture and insects, as well as to sustains the taste of rice. Suitable for person who live alone or household who consume less rice, it's a compact size rice bin (about the size of 3 milk cartons) that fits nicely into the refrigerator door pocket.
This product was developed by the fourth generation of Senshuu Tomekawa, Mr. Tomekawa Noboru. Kiri cabinet is made with good airtightness, it’s a very good place as a storage for clothes because it can avoid moisture. The benefit of kiri cabinet will be applied to the Kiri Rice Bin as well, the rice bin will be able to protect the rice from moisture.
The manufacturer uses kiri wood that has been dried thoroughly, after drying this product below the sun, we also using the artificial drying machines. Though this drying process, even if the thing you will store inside the product contains some moisture, kiri wood will absorb the moisture, so you can prevent the occurrence of mold. Also, even if it’s surrounded by high humidity, since the kiri wood will absorb the moisture, it will prevent the moisture from entering the storage.
The bin's lid is not an easy-made one-layer board lid, it's made with high airtight so that things inside the bin can be protected firmly. Its airtightness is high enough to prevent the lid from falling even if you shake the bin.
The board is about 7mm in thickness. If the board is thin, it will cause deformation. On the contrary, it will become heavy if it’s too thick. Because we want you to use it for a long time, we made it with an ideal thickness that is strong and easy to use.
We also applied a method that makes the board hard to be broken, so you don’t have to worry about its strength.
Also, when the lid is removed and turned over, the inside is hollow and can be used to measure the amount of rice. If you fill rice up to the line on the inner side of lid, the amount is right about 1合* or 150 grams of rice.
* Note: 合 (gou) is a Japanese unit of measurement, usually used to measure rice, sake, etc. (1合 equal to approx. 150 grams, 0,18 liters, or 0,33 metres square).
A non-slip groove is engraved on the side of the bin's body, making it easier to grip and lift the bin. It is a product that the craftsman's commitment can be felt even in its smallest part.
Characteristics of Kiri Wood
Protector Against Humidity
Among the kind of woods, Kiri wood is one of a rare wood in category of moisture absorption. The duct inside the wood can hinders the passage of water, and because the holes in fiber membranes are small, once it got dried, it will be difficult for water to break through inside.
High Level of Airtightness
Kiri wood inflated to moist outside air to prevent moisture from the outside. Conversely, when the air dries moisture will diverge and shrinks. Since kiri wood is sensitive to humidity, it has excellent airtightness, which able to keep the internal humidity constant, resulting in a long time protection for the contents inside the storage box.
High Resistance towards Insects
Because kiri wood contains tannin, it has a high resistance towards insects. A cabinet that made from Kiri wood is quite a popular choice in Japan because its excellence in humidity control and insect repellent.
Compared to specific gravity of water which is 1, kiri wood's specific gravity is 0.3, which is the lightest among domestic wood. Because the membrane wall of its cells is thin and the air layer is large, it is soft and very convenient to carry.
Raw Material Preferences
We are using the kiri wood from North America.
The kiri wood product that is distributed in Japan mostly comes from Japan, Chinese and North American, but depending on the production area, there are products that use chemicals in order to make them look beautiful.
In Senshuu Tomekawa, considering that it’s a storage for food ingredients, we are using the kiri wood from North America which contains no chemicals.
Because the annual tree ring is fairly beautiful and the material quality is excellent, we have been using it for about 30 years.
For adhesive, we use the woodworking bond made by Konishi Co., Ltd. We use bonds that is accordant with environmental standards.
There will no bad smell or any bad reaction to the eyes, and it’s free from formaldehyde so you can use it with no worries.
- Height 30.5 cm
- Length 17.5 cm
- Width 8 cm
This Kiri Rice Bin with the capacity of 2kg weighted for about 360g, which is very light, compact, and doesn't take much space.
A non-slip groove is engraved on the side of the bin's body, making it easier to grip and lift the bin.