Modern Japanism Range

Why Do Japanese Homewares come in sets of five?

The Power of Go (五)

As you know, in the UK, most tableware is sold in sets of six. But the number five is considered important in Japanese culture, and this extends to its food traditions as well.

It’s based on the Five Senses. Food should be enjoyed with all five of the senses: taste and smell are obvious, but sight is important in Japanese cuisine and is considered just as important as taste.

Touch is also important, not only for the texture of the food itself, but also for the tableware, as it is customary to hold vessels and utensils in one’s hand, and this is where our Modern Japanism range comes in, which are not only typically sold in sets of five, but also bring the eating expereience alive due to the textures of the products

You may wonder where hearing comes in where food is concerned. Well, to properly appreciate the experience and give due respect to the chef, a quiet atmosphere is appreciated.

Food tends to taste either salty, sweet, sour, bitter, or a combination of these. But in Japan, there is a Fifth Taste. and the Japanese have a word for it … umami…the fifth taste. And guess what! ‘Umami’ comes from the Japanese word umai, meaning ‘delicious’.

Five Colours is also important in Japanese cuisine. The prevalence of the five colours – white, black, red, green and yellow – has been a tradition since Buddhism arrived from China in the 6th century. It can be seen in temple architecture, pottery and artwork. The Japanese believe that it is best to include the five colours in every meal. Our Modern Japanese Range comes in black and white - that’s two of your five a day!!

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