Japanese Table Setting Ideas

Get inspiration from our table setting ideas! This page introduces a variety of table settings, from traditional Japanese (Ichiju-Sansai) to more modern styles.

Tap the image to see the items used in the set. All the ideas can be recreated for your own dining room at home!

The Most Standard Japanese Table Setting

"Ichiju-Sansai Style"

Ichiju-Sansai" is the basis of Japanese cuisine. It is a set menu that combines "rice," the staple food of the Japanese, with "soup", "main dish" and two side dishes.
It is a well-balanced meal that provides the body with the three nutrients it needs: energy, body-building, and body-conditioning.

Table Setting #22 Reasonable Starter set for Authentic Japanese Dinner

Rice

Provide carbohydrates as a source of energy. The Rice Bowl is placed closest to the person, on the left.

Miso Soup

It provides water along with miso, which is highly effective in maintaining health. The Soup Bowl is placed closest to the person, on the right.

Main Dish and Two Side Dishes 

The main dish provides protein, and the side dishes provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
As for placement, the main and side dishes placed furthest from the person. The most standard arrangement is to place the side dishes on the left and in the center and the main dish on the right, but it doesn't have to be that strict.
The main dish can be placed in the main plates or serving bowls. Side dishes can be placed in small kobachi bowls, side plates, or sauce plates.

Chopsticks and Tray

Place the chopsticks in front of you with the handle facing your dominant hand. The tips of the chopsticks should be placed on the chopstick rest.
The tray & placemat is not necessary, but a tray makes things look better and makes serving and cleaning up easier.

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Table Setting Ideas

Authentic Japanese Dinner

These are table setting ideas based on the traditional Japanese dining styles.
Combining different sizes of tableware can create a festive atmosphere on the table, while similar sizes of tableware can be combined to create a calm and modern feel.
Bento boxes and bamboo baskets can be combined with a variety of sauce plates and small Kobachi bowls to make your dining presentation more special.

Table Setting #25 Gorgeous Sake and Kutani Bowl with Leg

Table Setting #24 Grilled mackerel with salt set meal

Table Setting #23 grated yam and soba noodles

Table Setting #79 A Shabu-shabu dinner with the Black Banko Donabe Japanese Clay Pot
Table Setting #70 Hibino Modern Shokado Bento Box -Omotenashi in New Style
Table Setting #74 An Inivitation to the Arita Porcelain Lab Yazaemon Series
Table Setting #70 Hibino Modern Shokado Bento Box -Omotenashi in New Style
Table Setting #68 Omotenashi with
Table Setting #66 Treat Guests with a Set Meal of
Table Setting #43 Let's make a radiant setting with auspicious tablewares!
Table Setting #44 Authentic Table Setting for Donburi Rice Bowl Dishes
Table Setting #42 Relaxing Time With Freshly Prepared Oden And Japanese Sake
Table Setting #41 Japanese Lunch In Vivid Yellow & Green Color Of Kutani Ware
Table Setting #35 Warm Up On a Cold Day with GINPO's Hot Pot
Table Setting #37 A Unique Set Meal On a Yamanaka Lacquer Round Tray
Table Setting #38 Enjoy the Layered Style: Usuki Ware Plates with Inari Sushi
Table Setting #34 The Perfect Combination! Cold Udon Noodles and Tobe Ware Donburi
Table Setting #32 The Autumnal Fish Grilled Set Meal
Table Setting #31 A Casual Ramen Lunch With Tobe Ware
Table Setting #33 Why don't you try Japanese plate lunch?
Table Setting #29 Autumnal Colored Lunch Set
Table Setting #28 Blooming on the Table
Table Setting #27 Simple and Modern Japanese Meal Set Style
Table Setting #21 Cold Soba Noodles to Beat the Summer Heat
Table Setting #16 Elegant Table Setting with a  Beautiful Lacquer Box
Table Setting #7 Seasonal Side Dishes in a Bamboo Basket
Table Setting #6
Table Setting #5 A Cute Appetizer Set in Japanese Lacquer Box
Table Setting #4 Traditional Japanese Dinner with a Variety of Side Dishes
Table Setting #1 Sakura Party with Japanese Style Lunch!

Sushi Set

Eating sushi with family and friends is a very enjoyable moment. We have come up with a sushi set that will make such a time even more wonderful.
In addition to the essential items such as main plate, soy sauce plate, and chopsticks, we have also introduced a soup bowl and center plate that provide a more authentic sushi experience.

Table Setting #77 Sushi dinner in autumn colors from Hozan Kiln
Table Setting #55 Host a Spring Party- Authentic Sushi
Table Setting #56 Sushi Set with Japanese Art
Table Setting #26 Genuine Sushi Set with Ceramic Plate Like Wood
Table Setting #23 Authentic Sushi Set with Red Camellia Plate
Table Setting #25 Casual Sushi Set with Kuvio Wave Hasami Plate
Table Setting #24 Modern Sushi Set with Ash Graze Mino Plate

Tea and Matcha Time

You can create an exotic atmosphere by adding Japanese style tableware to your coffee  table.
When enjoying matcha green tea, you can combine a tray to create a sophisticated space.

Table setting #78 Dessert time with Japanese Sweets
Table Setting #72 A Tea Tasting Party For Two With Usuki Ware
Table Setting #69 Create a festive mood for your tea party with Arita ware!
Table Setting #61  Early Summer Tea Ceremony with a Tokoname ware Teapot Set
Table Setting #63 Take a Break With Sencha Green Tea While Listening to The Sound of Rain
Table Setting #62 Chic Tea Party with Cat Teapot Set
Table Setting #52 A Brief Tea Break With Kyusu Made Of Tokoname Ware
Table Setting #49 Can't Wait For Spring! Tea Party With Spring Colors
Table Setting #50 Casual Spring Tea Ceremony
Table Setting #48 New Year's Greetings with Japanese Sweets!
Table Setting #47 Warm Japanese Sweets Time
Table Setting #19 Time to Recharge and Relax in Your Favorite Cups
Table Setting #18 It's Japanese Sweets Time!
Table Setting #15 Peaceful Time with Adorable Matcha Bowl
Table Setting #10 Cute and Modern Style Matcha Bowl
Table Setting #12 Blessing Beautiful Spring Day with Kutani Mugs

Sake Time

There is something special about the time spent savoring your favorite sake in a nice sake set.
You can create a more sophisticated atmosphere by combining sake cups with plates and small Kobachi bowls that are similar in taste.

Table setting #76 Autumn table setting in a jiffy with MERU Jade series
Table Setting #67 Sake Party with Summery Blue and White Porcelain
Table Setting #65 Elegant Style for Evening Drinking with
Table Setting #64 Evening Drinking Style for Early Summer
Table Setting #20 Luxury Kutani Sake Set
Table Setting #14 Modern Kutani Sake Set

Modern Eclectic Style

There is no rule that says Japanese tableware must be used for Japanese cuisine.
How about combining your local food culture with Japanese tableware to create your own little world at the dining table?
We are very much looking forward to seeing new dining styles being born around the world. 

Table Setting #73 Sake Celebration with Noble and Elegant Arita Porcelain Lab Japan Blue Collection
Table Setting #39 Fun Christmas Party Around a Clay Pot
Table Setting #30 A Fun Curry Lunch with Long Plate
Table Setting #17 Soup Lunch with Bright Turkish Blue Plates
Table Setting #13  Refreshing Summer Table Setting
Table Setting #2 Pretty Mother's Day Table Setting
Table Setting #9 Japanese Modern Celebration
Table Setting #8 Relaxing Brunch Table Setting
Table Setting #11 Invite Friends Over For a Lunch Party!

Are you ready to make your own table setting?
As a first step, it would be great to decide a theme.

Authentic and elegant

Stylish and modern

casual and everyday

natural and organic

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We use Furoshiki to wrap our customers' all purchases. The Furoshiki used for wrapping are authentic Japanese ones produced by a company in Kyoto, and even after opening the package, you can wrap it again or arrange it to use it as a bag.

In Japan, there is a belief that a knot can contain a person's wishes. If you want to make the gift experience more exciting, it is a good idea to buy our unique Furoshiki separately and wrap it yourself. 

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