Plates are called Sara or O-sara ("o "is a polite expression) in Japanese. Flat plates made with lacquerware are relatively new in our history. There were small plates from the past, but the larger flat plates reflect the influences from the Western culture. Those influences are creating a new style in the modern Japanese servings, which is very nice.
Historically in the formal settings of festive dishes, we served our dishes on a personal legged tray from a tatami floor. However, with the tables being the main place to have dishes, this tradition has conveyed to the flat trays or mats used personally. With the tradition to use lacquerware more as formal ware, lacquerware mats are also to be used to serve foods on them directly, such as sakizuke(先付け） in the Kaiseki dinner, which is assorted hors d'oeuvres in the course dinner.
We hope that you will find a good fit with our lacquerwares to serve your food creatively in Japanese settings. We have only genuine Japanese lacquerware, that all of them are handmade. We take pride in all the lacquerwares we provide as the best in its category. Kogei Styling is an authentic and fine Japanese lacquerware shop online, that you can trust.
Please do not use your metal silverware directly on the lacquerwares since they will scratch them.