Purpose of Hangiri
An indispensable tool to proper sushi making. The beautiful and traditional cypress wooden rice mixing tub (hangiri) absorbs excess water, allowing your rice to reach the perfect consistency every time. In response to our customer's requests, we are delighted to offer a wooden hangiri to US customers. Our hangiri is crafted out of high quality Japanese cypress (sawara), a material prized in Japan for its durability and aesthetics. Sawara wood is extremely resistant to mold, rot, insect inspection and very resilient to wrapping if properly taken care of. It also naturally comes with it's own, natural, preserving oil.
To counter the change in humidity the US and Japan, we recommend that you use your hangiri regularly to prevent shrinking or cracking. Our hangiri features a reinforced bamboo and copper ring for maximum durability. Available in six sizes for your convenience, the two smallest hangiri (39cm and 45cm) are designed for home use and therefore do not require the bamboo reinforcement ring.
Why wood over metal and plastic tubs?
Although plastic and metal bowls are also able to absorb heat, wooden tubs are able to absorb excess moisture in a addition to evenly absorbing heat.
Origin of Hangiri
Kisho Japan is the only home to natural forests containing wild hinoki trees over 300 years old. Filled with that fresh and characteristically uplifting scent, these magnificent stands of towering trees are a symbol of Japan’s long cultural association with wood. Hangiris are crafted out of sawara cypress by Shimizu Mokuzai, a workshop nestled deep in the Kiso hills. Sawara, a family member of Hinoki is considered to be one of Kiso's five major kinds of trees. Sawara, is the perfect wood for crafting Hanagiri. It lends a much milder scent to the rice, and those who prefer no fragrance at all can easily remove it by soaking the tub in diluted vinegar for two to three hours, then rinsing it with water.
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Demand for its hangiri rice tubs is so high that the company cannot keep up with the orders. On any given day some workers will be cutting logs into planks, some matching parts for color and grain, and still others planing each product's surface to a smooth finish. Though a good deal of the process is mechanized, much of the work demands skilled hands."Each piece of the material is different from the next, and that's where a woodworker's skills are needed," â€¦