Table Setting #127 
Tobe Ware meets Spring Yellow

The first signs of spring come in the hues of soft pink cherry blossoms and delicate yellow canola flowers. They provide a burst of colors on river banks and park areas, creating a cheerful and warm atmosphere. Canola flowers are actually a seasonal delicacy in Japan, and are enjoyed by many in the spring season. 
Design your tabletop with the wonderful colors of spring with traditional Tobe ware and the sunny hues of Mino ware from Meru. 


  • Tobe Ware for a Leisurely Weekend Lunch
  • Glassware in Traditional Patterns
  • Kumiko Long Tray Centerpiece and Coasters
  • Our Menu
  • Featured Items

Key points of this table setting

1. Tobe Ware for a Leisurely Weekend Lunch

Tobe ware come in a pleasing and practical design, with a thickness that enhances their appeal. They boast a modern appeal featuring detailed arabesque and floral patterns in indigo, which creates an eye-catching contrast against its warm white background. By matching them with the bright yellow of canola flowers, a refreshing lightness and cheerful accents are added to the Tobe ware plates and bowls. 

The Meru Flamenco items have the same thickness as Tobe ware which make them a perfect match. Using tableware with the same thickness and rounded edges is another technique that can be used to create a sense of harmony on your table setting and is an excellent way of decorating for any occasion. 

2. Glassware in Traditional Patterns

As the season changes and the weather warms up, elegant pieces of art-like delicate glass cups and vases adorned with traditional Japanese patterns take their place on the table. The glass cups from Hirota Glass come in a set of 5, and are all decorated with differing traditional patterns. They work well for any Japanese style meal with its stylish look and dainty size. The opalescent shades on transparent glass have a delicate and fragile beauty. 

This delightful vase has a charming round shape much like a balloon. Its narrow opening is also adorned with traditional patterns. Although relatively small and short in stature, with a wider bottom it is stable and can hold several stems of flowers. Just the right size when you want to add a splash of color to your tabletop!

3. Kumiko Long Tray Centerpiece and Coasters

Crafted with a woodworking technique in which wood is assembled without using nails, the Kumiko long tray and coasters from Toyoda have an alluring aesthetic that is both captivating and sophisticated. The white wood creates a feeling of freshness; furthering the table's springtime appeal. On the long tray, we alternately lined up Japanese sweets in colors of green and yellow. The transparent top of the long tray beautifully reflects the natural light from the window, and gives off a delightful shimmer to the tasty sweets.

Small yet eye-catching, these Kumiko coasters will certainly turn heads with their intricate patterns and delicate craftsmanship. Their beauty is unmistakable and the unique designs are sure to capture the attention of everyone at the table.

4. Our Menu

To match the yellow on the table, we prepared grilled salmon topped with finely strained boiled egg yolks. On the side as garnish are cooked canola stems. Canola stems (before the flowers bloom) are edible and are regularly used for spring cooking. 

On the vivid Meru plates are small onigiri made of white rice with green peas, also a seasonal favorite of spring. They are accompanied with cooked canola sprinkled with "katsuo-bushi," dried skipjack tuna flakes with a dash of soy sauce.

Japanese fried chicken is a favorite for any meal. Add slices of lime for some color to lighten the dark colored coating.

Spring colored vegetables make for an appetizing salad and look great on the white and blue of the Tobe ware bowl.

Dress up Tobe ware with bright colors and light materials of wood and glass to prepare a decorated table for a friendly lunch. The gentle tones of white and indigo remain timeless and will complement the dishes you serve. Why not make Tobe ware your go-to set for special dining occasions as well as daily casual meals?

Featured Items

Hirota Glass "Taisho Roman" 

In the 1980s, Hirota Glass, an Edo glass, maker designed the "Taisho Roman" series. This line of products was revived through trial and error in order to recreate the "milky white glass" production method that dominated the Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) eras.

Today, with the exception of antique stores, it is rare to come by glass items that use the "milky white glass" technique.

The milky-white romantic patterns are not painted on the glass. They are created by exposing the glass to rapid changes in temperature during the molding process, using a material that contains a natural ingredient called bone ash. The skillful control of temperature by the artisan brings forth an instant emergence of the splendid milky-white color, creating the unique designs. Please enjoy the soft opalescent glass tints and relish the delicate beauty of days gone by.

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Featured Items

Tobe Ware

Tobe ware is white porcelain with blue patterns depicting arabesque designs and other plants. The beautiful glaze and hand-painted decorations add a comfortable warmth to the table.  
Tobe ware is sturdy and perfect for daily use as most products are microwave and dishwasher safe.
In 1976, Tobe ware was designated as a traditional craft by the government. The sixth to be recognized in the field of ceramics.

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