These palm-size plates are called mamezara in Japan and are used generally to serve small side dishes. In Japanese, 'mame' means 'beans', signify "tiny, small", and 'zara' is the plural of 'sara' means 'plate'. As small and cute things are described with the word 'MAME', the word 'mamezara' came to be.
The Mamezara - varied with its shapes, patterns, decorations, from the traditional styles to more modern, contemporary versions, have been admired in Japan. And due to the vast array of design, the plates are especially popular with collectors, who enjoy finding their favorites.
Our Mamezara has an auspisious fish shape such as sea bream ("tai" in Japanese), which is considered a bringer of happiness. Especially it's called "Shô-Fuku-Tai" (Shô= inviting, Fuku = lucky or happy and Tai = sea bream). These 10-cm dishes are decorated with sea bream with Japanese traditional patterns painted by noble blue on porcelain by skilled ARITA-Yaki craftsmen.
* kingly fish "TAI" * "EBISU" god of fortune * sea bream shaped sweets * at a Sumo victory party
The sea bream or "Tai" in Japanese, is the Japan's most kingly fish. During the Edo period, sea bream was highly prized sea foods presented as gifts to the Shogun.
"Ebisu" is a one of the Japanese seven gods of fourtune is god for fishermen and the commerce. He is often depicted wearing a tall hat and holding a rod and a large red sea bream.
Today, it's a kind of good-luck charm. Sweets or porcelain in the shape of the sea bream is often given as a thank-you gift to guests at celebratory feasts from New Year to wedding, and even the birth of a child.
And the sea bream is a fish that often features in Japanese celebratory occasions.
In various ways, tasteful allusions to a distinguished sea bream have been incorporated into Japan's culture.
In Japan, a sea bream, thus a symbol of wealth and prosperity, also signifies high quality; it is the elite fish of the well-known proverb, "Kusattemo tai" = "No matter how spoiled it may be, it's still Tai" - the implication being that no matter how reduced in circumstances, someone of quality is still respected.-
In Japan people says that the sea Bream fish which looks to right direction brings much luck for business, children and family.
We wish you to get much luck with this lucky sea bream small plate!
Skilled artisans are producing these dishes with wishing happiness for its users.
More than a century ago, Europeans were amazed by the fineness and solidity of the Arita porcelain and named it “eggshells”.
This series of three small dishes crafted by hand was inspired by traditional lucky item "sea bream". The finess and lightness of each plate are exceptional.
* In 2016 , Arita ware will celebrate its 400th anniversary!! ⇒ more about Arita-yaki
Arita, feinstes japanisches Porzellan
Arita-Porzellan ist ein Oberbegriff für Porzellan, das in Arita-cho, Präfektur Saga, hergestellt wird. Es zeichnet sich sowohl durch seine höchste Qualität wie auch seine vielfach geschätzte Ästhetik aus. Arita-Porzellan ist hart und widerstandsfähig, als weißes Porzellan wird die hohe Transparenz, die beinahe das Gefühl von Durchsichtigkeit vermittelt, bewundert. Zu Beginn der Edo-Ära (1616) wurde in Arita erstmals der Rohstoff für das Arita Porzellan gefunden.
* ASA-NO-HA pattern * MARU-MON pattern * SAYA-GATA pattern
Fish shaped palm-size dish with Japanese traditional pattern, Asa-No-Ha, Maru-Mon and Saya-Gata. Hand crafted "Arita-Yaki" porcelain.
This series of three small plates were inspired by traditional lucky item right-facing "sea bream". The finess and lightness of each dish are exceptional.
Kleine Fischförmiges, wie Handfläche groß Teller mit dem traditionellen japanischen Motiv, Asa-No-Ha, Maru-Mon und Saya-Gata. Handgefertigtes "Arita-Yaki" Porzellan. mit dem Symbol Motiv Asanoha, ein traditionelles japanisches Motiv. Diese kleine Tellern wurden von der traditionellen Glücksbringer "Dorade" inspiriert. Die Feinheit und Leichtigkeit jedes Gerichtes sind außergewöhnlich.
contents... 3 pcs set (3 different pattern)
color.......... blue on white
size............. approx. L108 x D85 x H30 mm
packing...... in a paper box
- due to hand drawing, the pattern of plate could be
- Wash gently by using a cloth or soft sponge, don't use a nylon scrub brush.
- Not suitable for dishwasher and microwave oven.
* ACHTUNG *
- Alle Mamezaras sind Unikate. Leichte Abweichungen von der Abbildung sind möglich.
- Pflege: mit einem Tuch oder weichen Schwamm, verwenden Sie keine Bürste.
- Nicht geeignet für Geschirrspüler und Mikrowelle.
This fish-shaped small plate is produced by a company, Kajikenseiji-sha, Saga, Japan, one of the most traditional Arita porcelain manufacturers with 250 years history. (please read about Arita porcelain ⇒ about ARITA-YAKI)
Sea bream motif is of course painted by skilled worker by hand. Each item is baked in old form which Kajikenseiji-sha keeps since over 200 years, from Edo period.
The form is one of most important tool to create excellent porcelain and surely the precious thing for each porcelain manufacturer. Until the end of Meiji period, all manufacturers used wooden forms, but in nowadays, most of them are using the forms made by gypsum.
However Kajikenseiji-sha is still using wooden form and the porcelain made by wooden form gives it’s user special flavor and comfortable feeling. Put your ear on the plate, you will may be hear long history and story of the Lucky sea bream Arita Porcelain.