This month I am sharing posts that are Oriental inspired, on a variety of subjects. Although I like a full table, and I don’t mind a bit of clutter during certain times of the year, this Japanese inspired table for two begins with simplicity. Aka Kuroguro means Red and Black, so it is the name of this tablescape idea. In Japanese culture, colors have significance, and many meanings for each one. Among other meanings, red is the color of joy, happiness, and love, and black symbolizes mystery in this context. I found this artificial bonsai at the store the other day, and knew I had to get it for today’s tablescape. By the way, did you know that bonsai is pronounced “bone-sigh”, not “bahn-sigh”? It came in a black vase, and I set it on a black lacquer serving tray with an Oriental feel. A dark red tablecloth is the base of the tablescape.
The place settings begin with a thrift store find of red and black placemats. These are plastic, but made like the bamboo ones. I added black napkins with red napkin rings.
In the Japanese tradition of using odd numbers, there are five dishes in the place settings, plus the sake cup and chopsticks. Typically there would be two bowls, one for rice and one for soup, but I only have one bowl. It will hold rice, since I don’t plan to have a soup course with this meal. The two square dishes will hold the main course and vegetables, while the smaller dishes at the top left hold sauces. Everything in the settings except the napkins were all thrift store finds at different times and three different cities.
In proper Japanese table settings, the chopsticks are placed with the points facing to the left, with a holder to keep the points off the table.
The table is very simple, no flatware this time, just chopsticks.
Three red votives sit on a small riser with three levels to complete the centerpiece.
Light the candles and admire the form of the bonsai.
Lower the lights and enjoy the ambiance of the evening.
Now, all we need is a Japanese inspired dinner! I’ll be giving you three new recipes and some additional meal ideas in the coming weeks.
For more ideas, see my Romantic Table for Two in Paris from last Valentine’s Day hop with links to recipes for a romantic meal, and Valentine Breakfast with my depression glass plates and white lace theme and a link to my Popovers with Black Cherry Creme.
For even more romantic tables, visit the wonderful bloggers on the Romantic Tables for Two blog hop sponsored by Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate. With my post on Friday, all the links are live to the participating blogger’s tablescape posts. Have fun!
Are you planning a romantic meal for Valentine’s day?