This traditional packaging for sasa-dango dumplings consists entirely of bamboo grass and a straw thread, and was borne out of the need to preserve the food and ‘make it easily portable‘. On the Ping Magazine website, Hideyuki Oka explains that: ‘Such packages were not products of contemplation, nor yet of theory. They assumed their shapes [...]
How to Wrap Five More Eggs: Traditional Japanese Packaging by Hideyuki Oka is an easy read with the story told primarily through the book’s pictures. As the title suggests, it’s all about a traditional form of Japanese packaging, which mostly incorporates food. The idea behind it is that when you present someone with a cake, for instance, and it’s nicely packaged, that they get a feeling that you want them to enjoy the cake. The five eggs of the title are bound with straw and woven in an indigenous way.