3 Great Rice Bowl Sets

All Bowls Are Not Created Equal

If you are a self-professed rice aficionado, it’s not difficult to appreciate that you have to get a set of rice bowls in order to fully enjoy the perfectly prepared rice, its texture, aroma and taste. I hope that I don’t have to convince you that the normal soup bowl that comes with our everyday dinnerware just doesn’t cut it.

The ordinary soup bowl is too big to present the delicately balanced Oriental rice dish. It’s also too large to cradle in one hand. The flat bottom of the bowl makes it challenging to scoop the rice with a pair of chopsticks. In addition, it doesn’t invoke any sense of the Oriental aesthetics.

Have I swayed you to consider a set of beautiful rice bowls made in Japan? If so, come along and join me to look at 3 sets of rice bowls to see which one meets the eyes and the budget.

Japanese Sometsuke Bowl Set




A set of Sometsuke bowls should be on top of your list. This set consists of 4 bowls measured as 5 inches in diameter and 3.1 inch in height. Each bowl is hand painted and distinctly designed, yet all fit into the Sometsuke theme and style.

A Quick Detour about Japanese Pottery and Ceramics

May I digress a bit on Japanese pottery style for a minute? Japanese pottery and ceramic styles are oftentimes associated with a person’s name or an area of origin.

The pottery or stoneware is recognized by the marking (or Kamajirushi in Japanese) to identify the potter or the production kiln. Sometsuke is cobalt blue underglazed ware originated from Seto City, Aichi Prefecture in Japan, located in the southwest central part of Japan. Seto City is famous for its ceramics and stoneware. The large pottery festival, Setomono Matsuri, is held every 3rd Saturday and Sunday in September that attracts 20,000 or so visitors from Japan and around the world every year.

More on the Sometsuke Bowl Set

Seto Sometsuke was first produced by Kato Tamikichi in Seto in early 19th century. Tamikichi is considered as “the father of porcelain” in the Seto region. Sometsuke is marked by its soft whiteness with birds, scenery and flowers painted in a light indigo blue “canvas”.

Although Sometsuke is not made of high-quality clay or glaze, the free-spirited design and decorations made it very popular in Japan and highly sought after by tea-ceremony masters.

The subtle and delicate design would punctuate your uniformed dinnerware with a splash of individuality.

This Sometsuke rice bowl is proportionally balanced between the footing and the diameter so it will not tip over. The size is perfect for rice, a starter soup, dessert and even for breakfast cereal. It’s microwave and dishwasher safe.

The set of bowls is made in Japan and impeccably packaged in a black gift box with elegant presentation either for your own use or as a gift to someone.

I don’t know if you are aware that in Chinese culture, it’s known that everything should come in pairs for good fortune. So the set is often in 2s, 4s, 6s, 8s, and so on. If I were you, I’d order at least two sets in case some get accidentally broken. That way, you don’t have to worry about finding a replacement set.

If you feel really coordinated, you might want to consider a set or two Asian soup spoons to serving miso soup with.

Spring Blossom Bowl Set Made in Japan

Another great option to this Sometsuke set is a Japanese spring blossom flared bowl set of 4. Comparable in price to the Sometsuke one, this set includes 4 flared bowls with the same spring blossom design for each bowl.

Measured at 5.25 inches in diameter and 2.7 inches tall, this set of bowl will be a beautiful addition to your Oriental serveware.

Japanese Sakura Cherry Blossom Bowls

The third option is a set of 4 Japanese Sakura cherry blossom bowls. These bowls are hand-crafted in Japan and ideal for rice, soup, cereal and even ice cream. They are dishwasher safe. They have the perfect size with 5 inch in diameter and 3 inches in height.



Fortunately, there is also a set of Sakura cherry blossom soup spoons that will complement your rice bowls.

It won’t be complete for your Asian dishware without a few pairs of chopsticks. How about this 5 pair Japanese chopsticks with blue flower print?

Which one to pick? If I had to choose, I’d go with either the Sometsuke set or the Cherry Blossom one mainly because of the shape of the bowl. I own some flare-shaped Japanese bowls, they are not very sturdy. So it takes some finesse to handle it without tipping over.

I hope this post has inspired you to look beyond the utilitarian purpose of dinnerware. Learn to get into the art of presenting your labor of love to wow your friends and family.


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