They say that tableware serves as the clothing for Japanese cuisine. Encompassing materials including lacquerware, ceramics, and porcelain, the types of plates and dishes are too numerous to mention. Many feature stunning depictions of nature in all its glory throughout the seasons, evoking the true essence of Japan.
Another distinctive custom in Japanese food culture is decor designed with the guest in mind, providing a sense of hospitality with room adornments such as ikebana flower arrangements and hanging scrolls, as well as the garnishing of dishes with seasonal flowers. This spirit of hospitality forms the basis of tea ceremony gatherings and has significantly influenced the kaiseki cuisine served at such events.
This meticulous attention to tableware and decor showing off the cuisine to best advantage is the product of the Japanese people’s aesthetic sense and spirit of hospitality.