Kitaoji Rosanjin Utsuwa


The UTSUWA うつわ【器】, vessel or dish
in which the food is served, is as much of importance to washoku as is the cooking itself.

Rosanjin was known for making his own pottery vessels to fit his food.
He even made some dishes with Japanese poetry inscriptions.

© PHOTO :utahito takakiyo

Most famous restaurants have a separate ... Storehouse, warehouse (kura, dozoo) ... , where they keep different dishes for all seasons, sometimes different one's for every month.

When I learned kaiseki cooking in Kamakura, my teacher had different dishes for every month and some extra for special monthly celebrations like the Boy's Festival or Chrysanthemum Watching.

Here I want to introduce an important person of Japan, whith a great influence on the UTSUWA culture.


Kitaoji Rosanjin (北大路魯山人)
(1883 – 1959)

Kitaooji Rosanjin
a calligrapher, ceramicist and restaurateur in Japan during the first half of the twentieth century. Born in the village of Kamigano he founded the Bishoku Club (Gourmet's Club) in 1921. It became a private restaurant. The Great Tokyo earthquake of 1923 destroyed most of his ceramics collection, and he began making pottery to replace it. He also became a scholar of antique pottery publishing his work during the 1930's. Isamu Noguchi lived on his property for a while during the 1950s.

Rosanjin was mentioned several times on the Japanese TV show Iron Chef as the "mentor" of the "Chairman Kaga" character.

Kaiseki Chef, Yasushi Naoe (born in Oono, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan in 1935) used Rosanjin's museum dishes for very special occasions at Kawai Ryokan in Toyama, Japan.
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Mountain man who walked the path of art

"Born alone, will die alone;
come alone, will be gone alone;
study alone, walk alone."

This is said to be the mantra of one of Japan's greatest 20th-century artists, the boisterous, arrogant and brilliant Rosanjin Kitaoji.

source :  www.e-yakimono.net / Robert Yellin

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Wa no Utsuwa, 和の器 Japanese Vessels
wafuu ustuwa 和風器 Japanese plates and dishes

yooki 容器 container, vessel
Gefäß; Behälter


various kinds of plates and bowls
Teller, Schale, Schüssel

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sara, ban さら 【皿・盤】 plate, dish, saucer, platter

ashizuki kaku daizara 足付角大皿 large square plate with small legs (for kaiseki meals)
daenkei torizara 楕円取り皿 oblong plater (for indivitual helpings)
fukazara 深皿 dish (deep plate)]
hassunzara, hassun sara 八寸皿 Hassun-plate for kaiseki (about 24 cm long)
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haizara はいざら【灰皿】 ash tray (Aschenbecher)
hiratai 平たい皿 flat dish/ plate
hirazara ひらざら【平皿】 flat dish. flache Platte, flacher Teller
kakunagazara 角長皿 long square plate. lange viereckige Platte
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kareezara カレー皿 plate for curry rice. usually oblong and rather deep.
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kashizara 菓子皿 plate for sweets
kakuzara かくざら【角皿】 plate with four corners. viereckige Platte, viereckiger Teller
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kozara 小皿 small plate . kleiner Teller, kleine Schüssel
nagakakuzara 長角皿 square long plate (for grilled fish)
oogi hirazara 扇平皿 flat dish in the shape of a handfan
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oozara 大皿 platter. großer Teller, große Schüssel
pureeto プレート plate (western style)
sakanazara, sakana sara 魚皿 plate for a fish, often with a fish pattern or itself in the form of a fish
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sashimizara, sashimi sara 刺身皿 plate for sashimi, often with a small extra dish for the sauce.
sankakuzara 三角皿 plate with three corners
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shikakuzara 四角皿 square plate
soosaa ソーサー saucer, western-style plate
sushizara, sushi sara 寿司皿 plate for sushi, sometimes with a cover for a kaiten zushi.
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suupuzara スープ皿 soup plate
teshiozara 手塩皿 small plate for table salt
torizara 取り皿 small plate (for your individual helping). kleiner Teller, um Essen für alle zu verteilen
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ukezara 受け皿 saucer (also used for flower pots). Untertasse
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ukezaratsuki kappu 受け皿つきカップ cup with saucer. Tasse mit Untertasse

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saramawashi さらまわし【皿回し】 spinning plates on a stick


hachi はち【鉢】 bowls of all kinds

asabachi 浅鉢 shallow bowl. flache Schale
chawan 茶碗 ricebowl. lit. "tea cup". Reisschale, Schüssel
chuubachi 中鉢 bowl of middle size
daenbachi, daen hachi 楕円鉢 oblong bowl
daibachi 大鉢 big bowl. grosse Schale
donburi どんぶり【丼】 bowl, usually with a lid of the same pattern. Donburi-Schüssel
donabe 土鍋 earthware pot. irdener Kochtopf
futatsuki wan 蓋付き碗 bowl with a lid (often for chawan mushi)
fukabachi 深鉢 deep bowl. tiefe Schale
guratan sarabachi グラタン皿鉢 bowl for gratin (usually heat-proof)
kakubachi 角鉢 square bowl. viereckige Schale
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katakuchi bachi 片口鉢 bowl with a spout on one side. Schale mit Ausguss an einer Seite
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kobachi 小鉢 small bowl. kleine Schale
mamebachi 豆鉢 very small bowl
meshiwan めしわん【飯椀/飯碗】 bowl for rice. Reisschale
sankaku asabachi 三角浅鉢 shallow bowl with three corners

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tonsui とんすい small bowl with a handle (to take your own portions from a larger pot)
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..... tetsuke tonsui 手付とんすい with a handle. Portionsschale.
It often comes with a small saucer


kigo for all summer

. suzu no hachi 錫の鉢 (すずのはち) small pot of tin  
suzu no sara 錫の皿(すずのさら)plate of tin

. kiriko 切子(きりこ)cut glass  
..... kattogurasu カットグラス
..... gyaman ギヤマン (diamant)
..... biidoro びいどろ (vidro)
For small pots and plates, glasses and more


sawachi ryori 皿鉢料理
Ceremonial Food from Tosa.
Festessen von Tosa
"lit. food served on plates and bowls


cups : kappu カップ cup

chawan 茶碗 tea cup for the tea ceremony. Teetasse
guinomi ぐい呑, ぐい飲み extra large sake cup. großer Sakebecher
koohii kappu コーヒーカップ coffee cup. Kaffeetasse
sakazuki 杯/ さかずき small cup for hot sake. Trinkschale für Reiswein; Sakeschälchen
tei kappu, tii kappu テイーカップ tea cup. Teetasse fuer schwarzen Tee
tii kappu チーカップ tea cup (not very commonly uses)
yunomi 湯のみ(湯呑み) small tea cups. Becher, meist fuer Tee.
(lit. drinking hot water)
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. Teacups 湯のみ yunomi with Daruma .


Compiled by Larry Bole

Kigo Hotline, February 2012

sarabachi mo honoka ni yami no yoisuzumi

plates and bowls too
faint in twilight:
evening cool

Tr. Barnhill

plates and bowls
dimly in the darkness
evening cool

Tr. Reichhold

plates and bowls
dim in the twilight--
the evening cool

Tr. Ueda

sara o fumu nezumi no oto no samusa kana

Treading on the dishes,
rats make a noise
of coldness!

Tr. Sawa & Shiffert

The sound
Of a rat on a plate,--
How cold it is!

Tr. Blyth

akikaze ya moyoo no chigau sara futatsu
-- Sekitei Hara (1889-1951)

autumn wind--
with different patterns
two plates

Tr. Ueda

shirasara no fureau oto no yoru no aki
--Yoshiko Yoshino

the sound of white plates
clinking together--
a night in autumn

Tr. Ueda

mo no ie no mashiroki sara no mugetsu kana
--Yoshiko Yoshino

The pure white dishes
of a house in mourning--
harvest moon unseen

Tr. Gurga & Miyashita


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Homage to Hokusai and Hiroshige 北斎、広重へのオマージュ

My Articles on Japanese Pottery
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Yakimono 焼物  Daruma in and on pottery    

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1 comment:

Gabi Greve said...

Rosanjin Kitaoji (1883-1959)
pursued a wide range of art, including writing, seal carving, pottery and lacquerware. But even outside of art, he was also known for being a gourmet, and even opened a first-class Japanese restaurant in 1923 called Hoshigaoka Saryou.

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