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O-jyu (お重; jyu means tiered, "o "is a polite expression.) or Jyu-bako(重箱) in Japanese is a tiered box mainly used to contain assorted foods. The most symbolic use of O-jyu is the New Year party O-sechi dish that has many selections of foods. In the old days, O-sechi dishes were the assorted foods that would last for three New Year days for a family so that the housewives would not need to make a dish for three days. In the case of O-sechi dish, each tier of O-jyu would contain similar types of foods, such as simmered foods, grilled foods, and marinated foods. They are placed in the O-jyu neatly and tightly so that the total presentation expresses prosperity. The use of O-jyu also has a meaning to stack the happiness of celebration. O-jyu was also used as a Bento-box (lunch-box) to carry out to have a dish for many to share. The anti-bacterial characteristics of urushi lacquer will help the food to last longer.
The small O-jyu is suitable for a personal Bento-box, or you can have assorted foods in them and entertain your family or guests. Nevertheless, we recommend that you use your O-jyu as you like based on your imagination, creativity, and enjoyment, which we think is most important.
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