The passing of the sweltering summer heat
and the arrival of pleasant breezes heralds the coming
of autumn – which is music to the ears of the epicure.
Many foods come into season during autumn,
and this is the time of year where the stores are stacked with delicacies.
Whether you're thinking "What shall we have today?"
and coming up with menus, or just wondering "What are we having today?"
as you get ready to eat, people can hardly wait for their meals at this time of year.
Forget about your diet, and fill your stomach and your soul with some good eating.
People pay attention to the cups used in tea ceremonies, but during ordinary meals, it's rare for the plates, dishes and bowls to be the topic of conversation. We need these items to set off the food in an attractive light. What's more, serving food on these plates, dishes, and bowls brings that which makes them wonderful to life. When placing these items on your daily dinner table, the best thing to do is to use the ones that you personally like. Choose the color or the shape just like you'd choose your clothes, and enjoy finding combinations.
And to match the occasion, when eating Japanese food, why not use plates, dishes, and bowls that give of a sense of the wonder of Japanese food, and let it enrich your daily life?
This time, we've served the main side dish in earthenware and porcelain bowls, which appeal to different tastes, so that we can show you their properties, qualities, and how they interact with each other and other items.
Feel free to use them as an example.
This piece of Kutani ware has a design that makes it easy
to use for modern dining, and can serve a number of purposes.
The surface has a bright blue color, while the underside has
a brilliant yellow color.
Fastidiousness right down to
the parts that can't be seen is the essence of Japanese style.
This piece works well as part of a stylish line-up,
but it also does a great job at providing a striking contrast with other items.
Much like coordinating an outfit, the arrangement of plates, dishes,
and bowls that you use can give rise to different expressions, offering much to think about.
The other main item for the arrangement
we chose is a square plate by the Kyoto ceramic artist,
Mr. Yoshitaka Araki.
To make this plate, a green glaze was applied to a rustic,
grey surface, giving it a sense of warmth.
The orange color of the salmon really stands out against
the color of the glaze.
It's also nice to add a bit more flair
by using illustrated plates with a sense of playfulness.
Much like with clothes, items like plates, dishes, and bowls must set off what they contain.
A careless arrangement can potentially smother the goodness of what they hold,
so choose items that show off the beauty and deliciousness of your food.
Before Rosanjin began making ceramics, he had been well-versed in food from an early age.
Perhaps it was because of his ability to prepare food that he was
able to make such wonderful things with which to serve it.