This type of wooden bowl is originally found in Japanese bath houses, onsens, ryokans and hot springs. One must sit on a cypress stool and cleanse themselves with water in a wash bowl before you can enter the springs.
Chamaecyparis obtusa (Japanese cypress, hinoki cypress or hinoki; Japanese: 檜 or 桧 hinoki) is a species of cypress native to central Japan in East Asia. For centuries Chamaecyparis Obtusa, known as Hinoki has been praised for its countless and precious uses: from building of ancient Japanese temples and shrines to its therapeutic aroma that helps to achieve a peaceful state of mind, sterilization and many other benefits.
You can use this bowl for washing, storage or on display. The steel work adds to the durability and style, while the pale coloured timber will add light and calmness to a room.
Made in Nakatsugawa City, Gifu Prefecture