“Japanese dinnerware,” “Japanese bowls,” and “Japanese plates.” These are consistently highly-searched terms by so many people. Maybe you’re wondering, “why?” Aside from each piece being simply beautiful, there are a few reasons as to why we think people are fans (and why we are too)!
In Japanese culture, the details matter — and this includes tableware. Most pieces are intentionally designed to be unique. It’s not uncommon for family members to have their own chawan (rice bowl), for example. In other words, it never gets boring.
You can’t talk about Japanese tableware without having it reflect the culture. One of the most distinctive features of food culture is that Japanese people hold their bowls in their hands as they eat. That’s why a lot of these bowls lean lighter and smaller.
They’re beautiful. You’ll notice the difference just by searching for “dinnerware” vs “Japanese dinnerware”. Standard bowls and plates can feel a bit well, standard, and traditional while the other even evokes some kind of emotion.
Because Mogutable is no stranger to highly curated dinnerware, we compare three of our picks for everyday bowls made in Japan (in no particular order), so you can choose the perfect one for your own everyday table.