Founded in 1918 in Osaka, the Ichikawa Brothers Trading Company pioneered the earliest methods of vacuum-sealing bottles. That specialty was eventually put to work creating high-tech appliances for the home. Renaming itself Zojirushi (“mark of the elephant”) to symbolize strength and intelligence, the Japanese company now produces an array of ultramodern thermos bottles, electric kettles, bread makers, hot water dispensers and rice cookers. Many of their appliances boast advanced parts and features, including computerized displays, innovative nonstick surfaces, and detachable magnetic power cords.
Eating lunch out every day gets old ... and expensive. We’ve made it downright easy to pack your midday meal with this selection of ingeniously designed food-storage pieces — from bento boxes to vacuum-packed containers to hot/cold mugs.
Skip those $11 tuna sandwiches from that ridiculously crowded place near your office and bring your lunch to work instead. We’ve made it downright easy to do just that with this selection of food-storage pieces that are as stylish as they are practical.
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The name of this Japanese home-appliance maker translates to “mark of the elephant,” a moniker meant to symbolize its products’ strength and intelligence. See for yourself with its self-regulating Zutto rice cooker, which adjusts the cooking time and temperature as needed. And forget conventional brown-bagged lunches: The Mr. and Mrs. Bento lunch sets feature vacuum-sealed containers and microwaveable bowls that not only keep food fresh, but also make it eminently portable.