Japanese Culture - Washoku (Japanese Food) with Tableware
Japan, which stretches from north to south and has four distinct seasons, is blessed with a diverse and rich natural environment, and the food culture that was born there has also been nurtured. Such "traditions'' related to "food'' based on the Japanese character of "`respecting nature'' have been registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage under the title of "Washoku, the traditional food culture of the Japanese''.
Nutritional balance of "Ichiju sansai"
"Ichiju sansai" is one of the set menus. It consists of "staple food, soup, main dish, and two side dishes", It is considered to be the basic form of Japanese cuisine that can adjust the nutritional balance of meals. "Ichiju sansai" appears in picture scrolls depicting scenes of meals from the Heian period, indicating that it is a culture that has been popular since ancient times.
Also, in Japanese cuisine, you hold a bowl in your hand and use your chopsticks to pick up the rice and side dishes one by one and mix them together in your mouth to season them. The way of eating, "Kuchichu seasoning", where you decide the seasoning while adjusting the amount of side dishes, is considered unique to the Japanese.
Seasonal feeling with seasonal ingredients
One of the characteristics of "Washoku" is that it expresses the beauty of nature and the changes of the four seasons at meals. You can decorate your food with seasonal flowers and leaves, and enjoy the feeling of the season by using furniture and tableware that match the season. In addition, it has been closely related to annual events such as the New Year. By sharing food, which is the blessing of nature, and spending time together, we have deepened the bonds of family and community.
Enjoying food with tableware
Japanese tableware plays a leading role in expressing the seasons and colors. While western tableware is predominantly white, the frequent use of dark colors such as black and gray is also a characteristic of Japanese tableware.
At the Japanese dining table, dishes are arranged all at once, so overall color and balance are important. Japanese tableware complements not only food but also each other's tableware. The three-dimensional effect of the bowl makes it visually appealing and leads to "dining with your eyes". In addition, since Japanese tableware can be picked up or touched directly to the mouth, it is important to feel the touch and mouth.
There are many types of Japanese tableware, such as small plates, small bowls, medium plates, and bowls. Therefore, when purchasing Japanese tableware, it is recommended that you consider not only your taste in color and pattern, but also what kind of food you want to serve.
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Gather your favorite Japanese tableware and enjoy "Washoku"!