These tiny plates are perfect for small snacks, tiny desserts, soy sauce, or a little olive oil for dipping. They can also be used as soup dishes or a beautiful place to rest your jewelry.
The design of each plate holds special meaning and represents something within Japanese traditions.
Cherry Blossom Flower: The blossom was created with a single stroke without interrupting the gorgeous beauty of flower. It means happiness and connection that lasts forever.
Gourd: The gourd holds a meaning of prosperity for one's descendants because it has many seeds. It is believed to be a symbol of lucrative business because the gourd plant grows and intertwines with everything around itself.
Shochikuume: A common auspicious design in Japanese culture. It is a combination of pine, bamboo and plum. It is said that pine is a symbol of "immortality and longevity." Pine does not lose its life and green coloring even in winter. Bamboo is a symbol of "prosperity" that grows quickly and has strong fertility, and plum is a symbol of "life force" that blooms in early spring ahead of other flowers.
Birds: Since each wave is fan-shaped, it means that it spreads toward the end of the earth and it is an auspicious pattern combined with a zigzag birds that fly in groups near the surface of the water and avoids difficulties.
Jumon: This design is also a combination of multiple images. The chrysanthemum is a symbol of "immortality and longevity." Arabesque means "continuous fortune" that does not change from the past to the future. Hemp leaf means "connection".
Each plate sold separately.
4.25" across. Dishwasher & microwave safe.
Kihara is a Japanese porcelain company based in Arita. For over 400 years artisans have been using the perfectly white kaolin clay of Arita to create porcelain works of art. Kihara strives to honor that history by uniting traditional craft with modern design and innovation. Every plate is either hand painted or decorated using a pad printing technique. Though the motifs are contemporary, they are all inspired by ancient Japanese traditions and seek to celebrate the beauty of nature. The porcelain is thin yet durable, each piece a testament to the level of mastery these artisans have achieved.
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