This lovely Arita-ware mini dish reminds me of the black volcanic rocks around Mount Fuji. It’s dark grey glaze is adorned with a brush stroke of gold and silver making it feel rather opulent but still reminiscent of the natural Earth we live on.
The asymmetrical shape gives it a unique look and this stylish dish will fit well with any classic or modern table setting.
The small, flat dish will be useful for presenting appetizers and side dishes or condiments such as pickles, ginger, wasabi and soy sauce.
Mini-dishes like this are particularly useful when serving Asian cuisine where several small courses will be served on carefully chosen, decorative plates, sometimes reflecting the season, occasion or type of food being served.
In 'washoku', or traditional Japanese food, for instance, a beautiful setting and presentation is as important as the taste of the food itself!