The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN

January 2021

UTSUWA: DISHWARE AND OTHER VESSELS FOR EVERYDAY LIFE

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  • THEME FOR January UTSUWA: DISHWARE AND OTHER VESSELS FOR EVERYDAY LIFE

    The Japanese word “utsuwa” refers to dishware and other types of container or vessel. In Japan, utsuwa are made and used with a view to creating a harmonious relationship between the vessel and whatever it contains. In this month’s issue, we take a look at some classic examples of Japanese utsuwa as well as the sense of aesthetics that informs their production and use.

     

FEATURES

  • Showcasing Washoku with Dishware

    An interview with Kumakura Isao, director of MIHO MUSEUM and a specialist in the cultural history of Japan

  • Food and Dishware as Landscapes

    In Japan, care is taken even in the home to select appropriate dishware for the season.

  • Kyoto Cuisine: Showing Hospitality with Dishware

    Chefs of Kyoto cuisine choose their dishware according to the menu and the mood of their guests.

  • Beautiful Porcelain for Everyday Life

    Tokuda Yasokichi IV is working to share her family’s Kutani ware potting traditions.

  • Durable and Elegant Lacquer Ware

    Wajima-nuri lacquer ware is loved by Japanese people for its practicality as well as its beauty.

  • Glittering Patterns Engraved on Glass

    Edo kiriko glassware reflects the light “like a glistening jewel.”

  • The Beauty of Bamboo Basketry

    The folk craft of Suruga bamboo lattice ware is finding its way into modern fixture designs.

  • Bonki: Perfect Pots for Bonsai

    Selecting the right bonki container is crucial to the appreciation of bonsai planted trees.

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