Sections of fresh bamboo are split to form the sticks for these traditional candies from the old castle town of Sendai. The holder is also of bamboo, and the arrangement, suggesting sprays of flowers, displays both the charm and the great usefulness of the plant.
Ordinary rice straw is used imaginatively to create a most functional and beautiful container. Since a set of items in Japan is five rather tha half a dozen (five teacups, five cake plates, and the like), this carrier contains just five eggs. Devised by farmers in Yamagate Prefecture in northern Japan, it is an example of packaging born of rural necessity. Interestingly enough, it seems to emphasize the freshness of the egg.