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Kiso Sawara Rice Washing Barrel



Kiso sawara cypress wood, copper

Made in Japan

D24cm x H12cm (3,300ml)


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A bowl is an essential tool for any kitchen, but this rice washing barrel is especially suitable for washing and sharpening grains of rice as it is developed just for this particular task. Using only the finest grain of Kiso sawara cypress, usually over 100 years old, this precious wood contains excellent water and acid resistance properties. Any pocket of air is sealed with wood grain creating a very durable material as a result. The edge of the barrel is slanted making it easy to hold and preventing rice from spilling while draining water. The natural friction from the surface of the sawara cypress wood effectively cleans rice and the inner exterior of the barrel is evenly flat and firm, but soft enough so grains of rice do not crack while washing. 

It can of course also be used in many other ways, such as for washing vegetables and fruits. It will also be an excellent serving bowl for sushi rice, salad, or cold somen noodles in the summer. If you take care of this properly, this product will serve beautifully for many years to come. 


Please dry thoroughly after every use. Its copper bands will change in colour over time with use. Avoid excessive drying in direct sunlight which may cause cracks. 

Kiso Sawara 木曽椹 :  kiso sawara apanese cypress

Similar to hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood, kiso sawara offers a natural antibacterial quality and is incredibly resilient against moisture accumulation. Kiso sawara has the advantage of being less likely to impart unwanted flavour onto cooked rice, making it an ideal material for food preparation tools and utensils. 


Before use, we recommend using the method “Aku-nuki” to remove “Aku”, the remaining dust particles and astringent tastes from new products.

Pour starchy rice water in and leave it for about 2-3 hours to block and prevent water leaks. Afterwards discard the rice water, wash with water, and dry fully in the shade. 


  • Wash with salt or use a Tawashi scrub brush and rinse with water along the grain. Avoid using harsh soaps and synthetic detergent.
  • Drain the water and dry it thoroughly in a well-ventilated shady place. If your product has a lid, make sure to leave the lid open when storing.
  • Avoid using in direct sunlight or excessively dry places as it may shrink the wood and cause cracks.
  • When not in use, wrap it in a thin cloth and store in a dry and well-ventilated place. 


Oil stains may appear on the surface of the wood, which is a natural resin generated from cypress and is harmless to the human body. This resin benefits the wood, containing water resistant and sterilisation properties. If you are concerned about the stickiness, it can be wiped off with rubbing alcohol.

Copper band: 

When cypress wood is exposed to direct sunlight or not in use for long periods of time, the copper band that wraps around the surface may come off due to shrinkage. Place the copper band back to its original position, then fill the product with lots of water for a while to help the wood expand again.


Since 1997


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Making the best use of skilled Japanese craftsmanship, Azmaya collaborates with artisans, designers, and small local manufactures to revive an old Japanese aesthetic sense.

From beautifully crafted tableware and functionally calculated kitchenware, their specialized housewares are made with a consistent commitment to using traditional techniques and only the highest quality materials found in Japan.  While respecting the traditions of Japanese craftwork, Azmaya creates something new by modifying the design to match tested Japanese “tools” with the present age. The collection features minimalist design reflecting the high level of skill and superior techniques of the artisans today.

Easy to use, made to last. Our new standard in everyday life.


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