Small Kobachi & Appetizer Bowl

Small Kobachi Appetizer Bowl is a bowl with a diameter of under 5 inches(12cm). They are perfect size for serving side dishes such as pickles, dip sauce, beans etc. for one person.

Since it is deeper than a small plate, it is suitable for serving soupy side dishes such as stewed dishes. Incorporating Kobachi into a table setting and arranging dishes of different sizes creates a dynamic and gorgeous Japanese style atmosphere.

Size Comparison of Kobachi and Serving Bowl

Kobachi Bowl

4 - 5 inches Φ
(9 - 12 cm)

Kobachi is a small bowl with a diameter of less than 12 cm (5 inches). They are suitable for serving homemade dressings, dipping sauces, appetizers, and in Japanese cuisine, small items with a simple flavor such as Japanese pickles called “Sunomono", or boiled beans. Kobachi is also called “Mukozuke", which is used to serve ornately cut sashimi.

Serving Bowl

Over 6  inches Φ
(Over 13 cm)

Serving bowls in Japanese kiln are at least 13 cm (6 inches) in diameter and are also called "Toribachi" in Japan, and are used for serving food from a platter. Generally speaking, bowls are about this size. In addition to being used as a serving bowl, it can also be used as a rice bowl to serve Don bowl meals or noodles for a small lunch.

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Which is the best Kobachi for you?

Kobachi is a small item, but it is also something that shows the characteristics of each Kiln. They are relatively affordable and come in a variety of shapes and designs, so try to pick up a Kobachi that you like! Here is a selection of Kobachi types according to their shapes.

Standard Kobachi Bowl

Even with the standard bowl shape of Kobachi, the impression differs widely between materials such as ceramic and porcelain. Ceramic Kobachi is warm and casual, while porcelain is often beautifully painted.

For ease of use, the standard bowl shape is probably the best.

Square Kobachi Bowl

The square shape Kobachi gives it a neat impression typical of Japanese tableware. Because the each surfaces are flat, they are also canvases on which there are four beautiful pictures.

As a mukozuke, it is also very classy and can be used for formal occasions.

Polygonal Kobachi Bowl

Sometimes they have very unique polygonal Kobachi shapes. In particular, the octagonal Kobachi is a symbol of good fortune in the old Japanese custom of the number 8, which means infinite expansion, making it a perfect choice for festive occasions.

It is also a perfect gift for celebrations, such as birthdays, weddings, and other special events.

Box Kobachi Bowl

Have you ever seen such beautiful tableware? The lidded or box shaped Kobachi will bring a surprise to your dinner table. It's a beautiful and fun item that is perfect for parties, where you can't wait to open it to see what's inside.

You can also use it as an accessory case for rings and earrings.

Flower Kobachi Bowl

The three-dimensional design of Kobachi, which resembles flowe petals, is one of the most prestigious pieces of Japanese tableware. Especially In Japan, the chrysanthemum flower is an important symbol in ritualistic customs, also a symbol of good luck. 

Most importantly, the design is so cute! It will be liked by everyone. Flower Kobachi would make a lovely tabletop.

Kobachi Bowls by Purpose

Kobachi small bowls come in a variety of shapes. Some of them are Kobachi with a spout, others with legs, and so on.

The one with a spout is useful as a sauce pot, and the one with a handle is useful as a plate for sharing a hot pot. Kobachi with legs can be used to serve appetizers such as dipping sauces or cold soups to create a special dish.

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