Think Japanese gardens, tatami floors … and Japanese packaging.
For years Japanese Packaging have mesmerized Designers all over the world, including me. The sheer elegance, minimalist and splendour of their streamlined thinking patterns are reflected in their packaging style. I regularly take a glimpse at this fabulous blog : http://pingmag.jp
‘ Japanese packaging design is famous for being elaborate and rich with splendour. Yes, yes, we all appreciate that. But beloved reader, before you’re about to lose it again over the thought of wasting material, exhale! In Japan, we do indeed care about sustainable packaging! Going eco has become the recent buzz word and companies are using this oh-so-trendy eco-friendliness as a competitive advantage. On the flip-side, PingMag brings you examples that are inspired by ease-of-use, nostalgia and playfulness, rather than by explicit eco-consciousness. In particular, those that have the unique combination of Japanese design with eco-friendly packaging. And we will show you why. PingMag writes down a totally wholehearted journal of some thoughts.’
This chimaki sushi is as carefully enveloped in cellophane as it is wrapped into bamboo grass leaves. Traditional Japanese packaging requires manual labour. An effort that makes it rare or rather expensive.
Once upon in the countryside, farmers started selling lunch sets to train travellers passing by: They prepared onigiri, rice balls, with pickled radish and wrapped them in bamboo sheaths. Whether fact or fiction – today’s lunch sets still refer to this origin. Who does not know Sushi nowadays ? It is THE most glamorous food among Hollywood’s A listers and followers around the world.
I tried making it several times, either the rice turns into a hard block, or the nori sheet gets torn while wrapping … anyway to cut short, I have failed in making a decent sushi till now. Luckily, neither my husband nor I are fashionistas, hence no damage to our peer relativity graph.