“HIRACHAWAN = shallow rice bowl” are so-called contemporary rice bowl from Hakusan Porcelain, in comparison to traditional ones that are deep and narrow for keeping rice warm. Considering modern living where there is no need to worry about food getting cold as old times, ceramic designer Masahiro Mori designed them wide and shallow in order to enjoy it’s various colors and patterns.
They are perfect not only for serving rice, but also appetizer, small dishes, soup, dessert and so on. It has been awarded with “Good Design Prize” in 1993, and “Long Life Design Prize” in 2004.
A simple wooden soap dish with a removable slatted base made from Japanese cyress 'Hinoki'. Hinoki wood is highly appreciated in Japan for its delicate scent. Traditionally used in bathrooms, hinoki wood is naturally rot-resistant.
This aromatic roasted tea is light in caffeine and therefore great during or after a meal, even in the evening. Because of its mildness and low caffeine content, in Japan Houjicha is enjoyed by children and the elderly alike.
Preparation: steep for about one minute in boiling water.