Wan(椀) or Owan (お椀) ("O "is a polite expression) in Japanese is a small bowl mainly for personal use. Owans are used in many types of dishes. Shiru-wan (汁椀 soup bowl) is the most popular and mainly used for miso-shiru (miso soup), meshi-wan (飯椀 rice bowl) is used for serving rice, which both are essential to Japanese dish. Owans are used in many cases with dishes that contain any kind of soups that you are to sip those soups from the owan directly. Owan comes in various forms and sizes especially in the Kaiseki ryouri (会席料理 course dinner), where many of them are used with a lid on top. While the owan with a lid is more formal, these days, the owan without a lid became more popular.
Aside from ordinary owans, we have a large type of owan called Gourokuwan (合鹿椀) with a grandeur look. This Gourokuwan is becoming very popular with its style and size. It to enjoy all sorts of Donburi (丼ぶり, various assorts on rice), such example as Maguro-don (鮪丼, Raw tuna sashimi on rice) or good size Japanese soups, such as Ozoni (お雑煮, soup with all sorts of vegetables and fish and rice cakes). These truly fine and traditional lacquer owans will make a great presentation for your excellent dish in an authentic Japanese way.
A bowl rather larger in size than owan and more widely open to a flat direction is called hachi (鉢) in Japanese. Hachi is more used for the purpose to contain dishes that are to share and in many cases that are not to sip or eat directly with a mouth on it. We have hachi in our line, however, we also call them bowls in English. Having said, we recommend that you use these Japanese bowls as you like, wherever your creativity takes you to present your beautiful dishes.
We have only genuine Japanese lacquerware, that all of them are handmade. We hope that you will find something you feel excited to use in our lineup of Japanese bowls to enjoy the Japanese heritage in your creative life. 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.