8 Japanese Ways to Use Chawan!

8 Japanese Ways to Use Chawan!

Although this bowl is transmitted to Japan from China as an instrument for the tea from the Heian Period to the Nara Period, Japan has its own traditional way of using it. In modern history, the generic name of this ceramic has become known to many as Chawan. There are various ways on how to use the bowl such as drinking tea, eating rice or noodles with it. Here, we will introduce the Chawan Culture and the different ways to use it.



 

8 Japanese Ways to Use Chawan!

 

1. Yunomi Chawan

Recently, drinking tea with a mug has already become popular but nothing could really substitute to drinking a warm tea from a teacup such as the Chawan. Tea is considered to be good around 60 ℃ and because you can make sure that the tea is warm with your hands while drinking, the Chawan does not have a handle just like there is in the coffee cups and mugs.  Also, there is a distinction between the Matcha Chawan and the Sencha Chawan which are two different types of teacup for two different kinds of tea. There is also a special Chawan which is considered the easiest to take home as a souvenir. Buying a teapot with tea leaves set as a souvenir is very much recommended.

 

2. Meshi Chawan

Although the bowl was pointing to the bowl used for drinking tea, there are many cases when the Chawan is also considered as a bowl for eating rice nowadays and this is called Meshi Chawan. In Japan, rice topped with side dishes are traditionally arranged and served. It is an etiquette to eat with your left hand holding the Chawan.

 

3. Donburi Chawan

The Donburi Chawan compared to the meshi Chawan is a thick pottery larger than the Meshi Chawan. The bowl has a lid when opened will stimulate your senses. Also, the lid is useful in giving a steaming effect and also protects the food from dust and dirt from air. It is a Japanese tradition to serve food in a large bowl that has a side dish on top of the rice in it. There are many kinds of donburi such as the seafood donburi, tempura donburi, sashimi donburi and more.

 

4. Ramen Donburi

The Ramen Donburi is a special bowl dedicated for eating noodles or Ramen. The bowl has designed with a pattern such as a lightning. There are many types of culture to eating ramen. There are a number saucer and spoons used for the ramen regionally.

 

5. Ochazuke Chawan

Ochazuke is a cuisine where tea is poured on white rice. In modern times, pickled plum and grilled salmon are the main toppings of the Ochazuke. The Ochazuke Chawan has a cover and is deeper than the Meshi Chawan and this is so that enough tea could be poured to the white rice.

 

6. Mushi Chawan

The Mushi Chawan is a bowl with a cover used for eating steamed cuisine.  Some Mushi Chawan are used for eating the Chawan Mushi, a steamed egg based which contains Mitsuba leaves and Shiitake mushroom which has a cylindrical shape and some are used for eating Kotsu Mushi which is a steamed white fish head with bones.

 

7. Tamago Kake Gohan Senyo Chahan

Tamago kake Gohan is white rice topped with raw egg and seasoned with soy sauce. This special bowl is deep, round and yet is four angled shape. Japanese from have been eating the Tamago Kake from long ago but the Chawan or bowl especially used for this has only become popular lately. Also, there are different types of egg and soy sauce for each kind.

 

8. My own Chawan

Even in Japanese homes, each has their own chopsticks, Yunomi chawan , Gohan Chawan, etcetera. Nowadays, this does not apply to all households anymore but in the Japanese culture, some do not like it when someone else has already placed something in their mouth and this is the reason why My own Chawan is very important. This is usually rampant within the female because they want to use something with a design which they themselves chose. A recommendation for a souvenir is the Meoto Chawan  which is a paired chawan for the couple. Gohan Chawan with chopsticks or Yunomi Chawan Set are also available. Famous potteries such as the Aritayaki and Minoyaki are very popular Japanese goodies.

 

Conclusion

There you go. The different souvenirs introduced in the article could be a good treat for friends and family relatives but you could also enjoy them yourself.

 

8 Japanese Ways to Use Chawan!

1. Yunomi Chawan
2. Meshi Chawan
3. Donburi Chawan
4. Ramen Donburi
5. Ochazuke Chawan
6. Mushi Chawan
7. Tamago Kake Gohan Senyo Chahan
8. My own Chawan