[Plate size] Types of Japanese tableware you should know and how to use them

When you are looking for a pottery, have you ever seen "〇size" in the product name?

This time, I will introduce the notation ``sun'' to express the size of a plate and the types of plates.

What is the size of the pottery? Size and how to use it

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Remember that 1 sun is approximately 3 cm When looking for Japanese tableware that goes well with your meal, I think it's easy to imagine using it at the dining table.

The unit ``sun'', which is not very familiar in modern times, is a unit of shakukanho that has been used since ancient times, and is a unit that expresses size (length) using the human body.

1 sun is approximately 3.03cm.

This is about the length of your thumb and is 1/10 of 1 shaku.

By the way, 1 shaku is 30.303cm. It corresponds to the length from the fingertips to the elbow.

When in doubt, what size of pottery should I buy?

I don't know which one to buy! For those who say, first of all,

7-inch plate as main dish, 5-inch plate as serving plate

I think it would be a good idea to buy more


Click here for the main dish ⇒ List of large plates
Click here for the medium plates that serve as serving plates ⇒ List of medium plates p>

From there

・Increase the number of small plates
・Buy additional 6-inch plates between 7-inch and 5-inch
・Round Buy a square plate or a flower plate with a gorgeous rim

How about increasing it to something like


3-inch plate

A 3-sun plate is a small plate of approximately 9 cm.

This size is often referred to as a "mame platter".

Applications: Condiment dishes, soy sauce dishes, pickles, etc.
Main price range: ~ 1,500 yen

A 3-inch plate that can be used for soy sauce for sashimi, condiments for soba noodles, and small snacks.

If you put it all together on a large plate or tray, why not arrange side dishes little by little and try coordinating small plates?

Rather than using the same color and pattern, it is more colorful and fun to combine different colors, patterns, and textures.

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4-inch plate

A 4-sun plate is a small plate approximately 12 cm long.

When we talk about small plates, this size is common.

Applications: Side dishes, tea sweets
Main Price range: 1,000 yen to 2,500 yen

The 4-inch plate is convenient for placing side dishes such as dipping sauce and kinpira burdock, and small pieces of sweets and fruits during snack time.

The size is easy to use as a serving plate for side dishes, etc.

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You can view 3-4 inch vessels here.
Mame plate/small plate product list page

5-inch plate

A 5-sun plate is a medium-sized plate of approximately 15 cm.

This size is often referred to as a tori platter or a mint platter.

Usage: Side dishes, cakes and bread
Main price range: 1,500 yen to 3,500 Yen

Not only can it be used as a serving plate for main dishes, but it is also a convenient size for placing cakes, rolls, etc.

This size is often used for breakfast and snack time.

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6-inch plate

The 6-sun plate is a medium plate of approximately 18 cm.

Size often used as a large serving plate.

Usage: Bread, main side dish
Main price range: 2,500 yen to 4,000 Yen

Perfect for placing a single slice of bread on top.

Also great when serving a green salad with plenty of leafy vegetables such as lettuce and mizuna.

If you put an open sandwich on it, it's the perfect size for a light lunch.

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You can view 5-6 inch vessels here.
Medium plate list page

7-inch plate

A 7-sun plate is a large plate approximately 21 cm long.

This size is often used as a main dish.

Usage: Main dishes such as pasta, side dishes for two people
Main prices Obi: 3,000 to 5,000 yen

Perfect for serving single dishes such as pasta and fried rice.

It is also easy to use when serving bread and fried eggs together for breakfast.

It is also useful when you pile up some fried chicken and share it with two people.

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8 inch plate

An 8-sun plate is a large plate that is approximately 24 cm.

This size is often used as a one-plate dish in restaurants and cafes.

Usage:Main dishes such as curry, one-plate dishes, Side dishes for 2 to 3 people
Main price range: 4,000 to 6,500 yen

Use it as a main dish plate, or make it into one plate with rice, main dish, and salad.

It is often used to accompany dishes such as salmon meuniere, croquettes, pork saute, etc. with vegetables as an accompaniment to the main dish.

Depending on the rise and width of the rim, it is also ideal for one-plate style, where you can add various side dishes little by little.

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9 inch plate

A 9-inch plate is a large plate approximately 27 cm long.

It is an easy-to-use size for serving side dishes for several people when entertaining.

Usage: Side dish for 3 to 4 people, one-plate dish
Main prices Obi: 4,000 to 6,500 yen

For a plate for one person, fill it with meat dishes such as spare ribs or wagyu steak.

Place paella with fried chicken and share with 3 to 4 people.

It is large enough to be placed in the middle of the table setting as the centerpiece of the party.

Click here to view pottery that is 7 cm or larger.
Large plate product list page


So far, we have introduced the sizes of utensils and their uses.

If you don't know which one to buy, as I mentioned at the beginning,

In the case of a plate,

7-inch plate as main dish, 5-inch plate as serving plate

In the case of a pot,

6-7 inch bowl as main serving bowl, 4 inch bowl as serving bowl

is recommended.

Click here for the main dish ⇒ Plate List
Click here for the medium plate that can be used as a serving plate ⇒ List of medium plates

Click here for a large bowl for serving ⇒ List of large bowls
Click here for small bowls that can be used as pots ⇒ List of small bowls

Once you have the basic sizes, try finding your own favorite table coordination by choosing something a little more unique, or adding more containers with different colors and textures!

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