15 March 2022

Guide for Japanese Plates

Guide for Japanese Plates Main

In Japanese, the word for plate is “Sara" (sala). It refers to all flat plates, and is used to serve dishes with less soup such as baked or stir-fried dishes.

Small plates are also used as sauce plates. Plates with a square design are a typical style of Japanese tableware and can create an impressive table setting.

The rectangular plates, from their distinctive shape, allows for the serving of authentic Japanese food, especially good as a sushi plate or grilled fish plate.

Contents

  • "Mamezara" Sauce Plate
  • "Kozara" Side Plate
  • "Chuzara" Main Plate
  • "Ozara" Serving Plate 
  • "Kakuzara" Rectangle & Square Plate 
  • ”Kodaizara” High Foot Plate

"Mame-zara" Sauce Plate

What is Japanese

What is "Mamezara" Sauce Plate?

Small plates, less than 12cm(4.7in) in diameter, may seem unfamiliar for some dining style, and you may wonder how they are used.

However, "Mamezara" sauce plate are very much loved in Japan. They are frequently used in Japanese table settings to serve condiments such as wasabi or pickles to refresh the palate, or as a sauce plate for soy sauce and as a chopstick rest.

Since they come in a wide variety of designs and do not take up much space in a cupboard, they are fun items to collect according to one's taste. 

As a sauce plate for eating sushi

As a sauce plate for eating sushi

Mame-zara is the perfect size as a soy sauce plate, and is often seen in authentic Japanese restaurants as a set with sushi plates.

The HIRACLE series by Kutani ware features a sakura (cherry blossom) pattern that appears when soy sauce is added. The set also includes sakura-shaped chopstick rests, which are very popular.

Even when enjoying take-out sushi at home, simply adding a beautifully designed Mame-zara sauce plate makes it feel special.

Make it Gorgeous with Jubako Bento Box

Make it Gorgeous with Jubako Bento Box

The combination of a few Mame-zara sauce plate and Jubako bento box is a traditional and popular Japanese style seen at New Year's and other festive occasions. In addition to Jubako, Mame-zara can be combined with trays and large plates to create gorgeous table settings.

Standard Size

Less than 12cm (4.7in) in diameters.

"Kozara" Side Plate

How to use "Kozara" Side Plate?

"Ko" means "small" and "Zara" = "Sara" means "plate", meaning a small plate. It would be just the right size for a side plate for serving appetizers or desserts. 

As a dessert plate for tea time

As a dessert plate for tea time

Kozara side plate is also a good size for serving sweets or pastries to accompany tea, or for serving small snacks such as cheese and crackers when having drinks. If you are a Japanese tea lover, it is fun to choose the combination of tea set and Kozara by design.

Kawaii Kozara

Kawaii Kozara

Small items like Kozara are available in a wide variety of quite lovely designs, such as this one. They make table setting more fun for gatherings at home, and they also make great gifts.

Standard Size

The typical diameter of a Kozara side plate is around 13 cm (5.1in) ~ 15 cm(5.9in).

"Chuzara" Main Plate

How to use Chuzara Plate?

How to use Chuzara Plate?

Chuzara means “Medium plate”, is often used in Japanese cuisine to place the main dish. It is smaller than Western main plates. Since it is an item that greatly affects the impression of the table, it is a good idea to have several variations to match the season or theme.

Modern style tabletop with beautiful shaping

Modern style tabletop with beautiful shaping

There are many variations in the design of Chuzara. If you want to give your dining table a contemporary style, you can choose a beautifully shaped piece that creates sophisticated shadows or one without a pattern that gives you a sense of the characteristics of the material.

Standard Size

The typical diameter of a Chuzara main plate is around 15 cm(5.9in) ~ 21 cm(8.3in).

"Ozara" Serving Plate 

How to use Ozara Plate?

How to use Ozara Plate?

Ozara is a serving platter which is placed in the center of the table and used to hold main dishes for sharing. The brightly colored plates make dishes such as sashimi or tempura more gorgeous, or even sober-colored simmered dishes look brighter and tasty.

Regardless of Japanese or Western style dishes

Ozara can also be used as a main plate for one person. It will become a mainstay of your daily tableware, serving various dishes such as pasta, rice, salad, and any food arrangement on a single Ozara plate.

Standard Size

The typical diameter of a Chuzara side plate is around 21 cm (8.3in)~ 24 cm(9.4in).

"Kakuzara" Rectangle & Square Plate 

How to Use

How to Use "Kakuzara" Plate

In Japan, a square shaped plate is called a "Kakuzara". It is ideal for serving sashimi along with Japanese salad decorations. They give a more stylish and fresh atmosphere to your usual dining table. For the best plate for sushi, rectangular plates are more recommended.

As a placemat

As a placemat

Large, flat Kakuzara square plates are very stylish when used as placemats. It will give the impression of a sophisticated Japanese cuisine.

Standard Size

The length of one side is about 12~24 cm(4.7~9.4in).

”Kodaizara” High Foot Plate

How to Use

How to Use "Kodaizara" Plate

In Japanese pottery terminology, the foot of a plate is called Kodai, and a plate with a high foot is called Kodai-zara. 

High foot plates are often used in Kaiseki cuisine (traditional Japanese dinner) restaurants to create a rhythm on the table and give a special impression to elaborate main dishes such as tempura and sashimi.

"Rock" Plate

Japanese aesthetics also favor designs that appear to be scenes of nature itself. For example, these plates, featuring natural rock motifs, also help to surprise guests.

Standard Size

The height of foot is more than 2cm (0.8in).