How to buy more Japanese tableware

I want to buy a lot of Japanese tableware, and when I go to the store to buy some items, there are so many different kinds of Japanese tableware,

I want to buy a lot of vessels, from small ones to big ones," and you end up not knowing what kind of vessels to buy....

When you are buying something for the first time, whether it is a vessel, kitchen utensils, or school supplies, you may have a hard time deciding what you need and what you want.

I understand that it is tempting to buy a lot of different dishes, but it's okay if you keep a close eye on what you need and get them a little at a time.

It is okay to buy a lot of dishes at once, but you may find that you don't have many opportunities to use them.

We recommend that you try using the basic vessels and see what kind of vessels suit your life before you buy all of them.

We, the staff who love vessels, have actually shopped for vessels and found the following items.
We are happy to hear that we actually bought what we needed and that we are happy to have bought it! I'm so glad I bought it! We, the staff members who love vessels, have selected a basic set of vessels that we actually shopped for, and we are glad we did.


1. Basic set when buying Japanese tableware

This is the basic set of four items when buying all the Japanese tableware.

・Main dish (21cm / 8.2inch - 24cm / 9.4inch)
Side dish (5-6inch 15cm / 5.9inch-18cm / 7.0inch)
Rice bowl
soup bowl

When you decide to buy a set of vessels, the most important thing to consider is "how often you will use them.
You want to use the dishes you buy as often as possible.

For example, "I live alone, so I rarely use the large 30cm plate, but I want to use it when I entertain guests. I bought it because I like the shape!

I have shopped like that before, but the occasions when I entertain are only once every few months....
I like it, but I haven't been able to bring it to the dinner table.

Therefore, the key is to choose a conveniently sized and frequently used utensil that will be used at the dining table.
Among these, for basic vessels that are used every day, simple, soothing colors are best for ease of use.

I also like dishes with unique colors and patterns, but my attention is drawn more to the dish than to the food, and even if the dishes are served differently, the entire dining table ends up looking the same.

I think I would get a little tired of using the basic set of dishes every day, so I recommend that you choose white-colored dishes.

Now, let's take a look at the contents of the basic set in detail.


1.Main dish

The reason why we recommend a main dish (platter) of about 7" to 8" (21cm to 24cm) is because it is the size that is used most often.
This size plate is the most commonly used size, serving one person for a main dish and two to three people for sharing.

For example...

One plate with bread in the morning

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One serving of pasta for lunch.

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At night, if you serve fried chicken for two or three people, you can share it with everyone.

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This is a hard-working vessel that is useful not only for yourself, but also for entertaining.

If you choose a 21cm / 8.2inch - 24cm / 9.4inch main dish, we recommend choosing one with a little depth.

The "7" dish, white porcelain, chrysanthemum Minoyaki" has a moderately raised rim, making it perfect for soupy side dishes such as meat and potatoes, or a la carte dishes such as curry.

The beigeish white color blends well with any color, making it easy to match with other dishes as well as other vessels, a point we recommend as a basic vessel.

Furthermore, since it is made of porcelain, a durable material, it can be used in microwave ovens and dishwashers, making it easy to use in daily life.

Other 7" size main dishes can be found here.

Main dish list page


2.Side dish

Plates about 5 to 6" (15 to 18 cm) in size are perfect for placing one more dish on top of the main dish, such as a side dish! This is the perfect size for serving one more side dish to accompany the main dish.

For Japanese cuisine, use fish fillets, and for Western cuisine, use omelets or marinades.

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It is also great for placing cut cakes, muffins, and other baked goods at snack time!

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It is also useful for separating dishes from a platter.

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From morning to night, there are many occasions for this 15cm / 5.9inch serving dish.
The size and weight make them easy to pick up, and we recommend having several of different types so that you can use them according to your mood and dishes.

If you are choosing a to-plate for the first time, we recommend choosing one with a little depth, just as you would with a platter.

The "Shinogi 5.5" dish, sherbet gray porcelain, Koyogama, Arita ware," has a raised rim, so it can be used for dishes that require a lot of liquid, such as fried and soaked eggplant or pickled horse mackerel.

Another key point is the fine Shinogi lines on the rim. Thanks to this line, when you look at the dish from above, a margin like a picture frame is created, making even simple dishes look elegant.

Whether you are serving only bread rolls or a small amount of baked goods, this dish is sure to complement your food.

Other 5-6" size dishes can be found here.

Side dish List page

3.Rice bowl

Next, I recommend a rice bowl.

I often eat Western food, so I don't think I need it..."
I like curry, pasta, and other one-pot dishes, so I think I can do without it..."

Some may think, "I don't need it because I eat Western food most of the time..." or "I like curry, pasta, and other one-dish dishes, so I think I can do without it.
However, when you have dinner after a long day of eating out, you may feel like having a classic Japanese meal.


I have a craving for rice and miso soup! But I don't have a bowl. I'm in trouble! We recommend that you have a set of tea bowls and soup bowls that are familiar to the Japanese dining table so that you don't have to worry about such a situation.

The tea bowls are also just the right size for serving soupy side dishes such as chikuzen-ni or salads.
They are also perfect as dessert bowls with cut fruits or yogurt.

A bowl is only for rice! If you use them freely, you will enjoy using them even more.

Once you find your favorite, many people like to keep using rice bowls and rice bowls for a long time.
We recommend choosing a standard design that you will never get tired of and one that is comfortable to hold.

The "Kobiki Shaved Rice Bowl, Ceramic, Minoyaki ware" can be used for a long time without getting tired of the warm color of Kobiki and the simple design of the Shinogi pattern.

The glossy texture of the surface of the bowl is smooth and comfortable to the touch.


The good thing about kohiki rice bowls is that they bring out the colors of the ingredients in a delicious way.
It is also perfect for takikomi-gohan to enjoy seasonal ingredients.

Other rice bowls can be found here.

Rice bowls List Page


4.Soup bowl

As with rice bowls, it is recommended to choose soup bowls with a standard design that you will never get tired of and that are comfortable to hold.

Shirasagi Bowl M Natural Sakura Shirasagi Woodworks" has a beautiful grain and a round shape.
The bright cherry wood color gives a warm impression and goes well with the white vessels such as Kobiki introduced earlier.

Wood is also a perfect material for soup bowls, not only because it does not get hot easily, but also because it does not get cold easily!

The chunky shape fits well in your hand, and when you wrap your hands around the bowl with a bowl of freshly made miso soup, you will feel the warmth of the soup.

Other soup bowls can be found here.

Soup bowls list page


2.recommended series of Japanese tableware that are easy to get together

I know the basic set I need to start with and I have an idea of what kind of vessels I should choose, but it's a little hard to choose them all by myself..." "There are so many simple things to choose from.
There are so many simple things, and I'm having a hard time finding the right combination..."

These days, you can change vessels from various artists and potters on the Internet or in stores, so there are many vessels to choose from!
When you choose a 7" plate, a 5" plate, and a 7" plate with a simple design and whitish color, there are so many combinations that it is hard to count.
It is a bit difficult to choose from among them, isn't it?

In such a case,
If you buy several items in the same design series or by the same artist, it will be much easier to coordinate them.
It is much easier to coordinate with other items.

Here we introduce two series of vessels that have a rich lineup and are easy to coordinate with each other.


This is a series of cute flower-shaped dishes introduced as a recommendation for 7" main dishes.

When matched with the chrysanthemum series, the warm colors and the round shape of the petals combine to create a gentle impression on the dining table.

The black color gives the entire dining table a different atmosphere.
Since the motifs are the same, even if the colors are opposite, a sense of unity is created.

Click here to see the Chrysanthemum Series vessels.

Chrysanthemum List Page


Shigi-Me, Shinogi

The Shinogi series of rice bowls, which we introduced as a recommendation for rice bowls.

When matched in a series, the black speckled pattern and the reddish hue in some places create a dining table with a deep and rich flavor.

Of course it is suitable for Japanese cuisine, but it also goes well with Western menus, with pasta served on the platter and potage in the cups.

This design has been loved for a long time as a standard vessel for any genre of Japanese, Western, or Chinese cuisine, so it easily fits in at the dining table.

Click here to see the Shigi-Me and Shinogi-Series vessels.

Shinogi List Page



In this issue, we have introduced some pointers on how to buy vessels for the first time.
I looked at a lot of vessels and thought, "I don't know what kind of vessels I can use!
If you are wondering, "I don't know what kind of tableware is best for me to use!
If you are wondering "What kind of tableware is easy to use?

Choose only dishes that you often use at the table.
Choose simple designs.

Please remember these two points and try to choose the right type of vessels for your table.

As you gradually shop for the tableware that suits you best, you will be able to coordinate your table with any dishes and any scene in a way that is unique to you.