Edo Period Golden Kizoku Bento Box with Genji Motif lends its inspiration from ancient Japanese tradition that is woven into the nation’s long and fascinating history.

The Gosho Guruma wheels were made into ornamental motifs, the term Genji-guruma comes from Genji, the protagonist of the first novel The Tale of Genji, Guruma and Genji Guruma (which was written in 11th century Japan). Only Kizoku (nobility and aristocracy) of the imperial court were allowed vehicles with such enormous wheels (because they damaged the roads so much), found in carriages carried out by oxen. If eight wooden spokes are available, they also allude to the Dharma Wheel, which reflects the Buddha's teachings.

Genji-Gumo: So Genjikumo spelt, Kumo is cloud. One of the patterns in the cloud. The earliest novel was ever written, Story of Genji, is titled after cloud patterns from the classic Japanese tale. Nuclear scenarios are commonly incorporated in the Heian court since brokers are called "who dwell between clouds" (Kumo no Uebito).

"Gold on the bento box is a symbol of wealth and prestige in the Edo period. Spotless and untouched gold and silver have been regarded by the Japanese since ancient times as the symbols of riches and power and tended to appreciate their beauty in the sparsely mirrored reflections of the golden leaf on art and daily artefacts. The golden background provides the profundity and wealth of the piece. Read more here https://www.katachiware.com.au/bento-boxes/