Traditional Japanese Tableware – meaning and function.

This Blog post will list the many items of Japanese tableware and there functions, in a attempt to inspire my designs and inform my knowledge of how different cultures eat, use tableware and the ritual of eating.

 The obon is a serving tray of which the tableware if placed on to carry the tableware and food to the table as well as clear away the multitude of items after the meal. It is said that Japanese food is an art that must please your eyes. You can enjoy creating your own style by matching tableware of different colors and sizes with the atmosphere and arranging a variety of dishes on the tray. Since the table’s atmosphere utterly changes by only changing trays, our trays are perfect whenever you want to change your mood.


In Japanese table there is a soup bowl but also a smaller bowl called a Kosuiwan bowl. The kosuiwan bowls are made with a great deal of care and craftsmanship  that pay attention to their features such as the luster and coloration of lacquer unique to Echizen lacquerware. This bowl, that features a lid, leaves a more brilliant impression on the table. (Bottom right of the image.)

405_02-800x800The rice bowl is a type of Japanese traditional tableware used for serving rice. This bowl is filled in with rice and brought out at every breakfast at traditional Japanese inns (ryokan). It is widely used in wide range of places in Japan including the home. These bowls normally come in a set and don’t feature lids.










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