カテゴリ:食卓芸術 Table Art( 11 )

September 11, 2012 歴史はここから



Table Art: History started here
Elegant table arts in Europe began in the 18th Century by the princesses. If the decisive battle called Sekigahara battle
didn’t took place between the two major powers in Japan, its European table arts might not be started. To be continued.



by miwakoda | 2012-09-11 06:41 | 食卓芸術 Table Art

September 10, 2012 和の心


September 9でご紹介した『かりんとう』ですが、伝統の和を大切にしながら、洋風な味をくわえたり、デザインをかわいくしたり、和の心に、洋のいいところの両方をとりいれています。最近の食文化も、テーブルデザインも和洋折衷のかっこいい表現がいいなってしみじみ感じています。 

Table Art: Heart of Japanese
The karintou snacks, traditional deep-fried sweet made of wheat were introduced September 9. Those many different
kinds of karintou express maintaining Japanese heart and adding good Western design. It is not only Food culture but
also Table Art, which I strongly feel so cool.



by miwakoda | 2012-09-10 06:53 | 食卓芸術 Table Art

November 9, 2011 ウォーレン・マッケンジー(Warren MacKenzie)

Thanks Giving Day(感謝祭)テーブル: ウォーレン・マッケンジー(Warren MacKenzie) 

秋になると夏に大活躍したガラスや磁器よりも陶器のぬくもりが恋しくなります。Thanks Giving Day(感謝祭) テーブル
November 8, 2011)では、ずっとファンのウォーレン・マッケンジー(Warren MacKenzie)氏の作品を使いました。





Thanks Giving Day Table: Warren MacKenzie 
When autumn comes, you may want to use earthenware more than porcelain china or glasses that were often used
during summer because earthenware makes you feel warm. Therefore, on Thanks Giving Day Table (November 8, 2011),
I have selected to use the earthenware pieces of Warren MacKenzie whom I have been a fan. Warren MacKenzie who
was born 1924 is a North American craft potter. MacKenzie studied with Bernard Leach His simple, wheel-thrown
functional pottery is heavily influenced by the oriental aesthetic of Shoji Hamada and Kanjiro Kawai. He is attributed with
bringing the Japanese Mingei style of pottery to Minnesota, fondly referred to as the "Mingeisota style." MacKenzie has
described his goal as the making of "everyday" pots. When I first met his pieces was about 15 years ago at ‘KIRAKU’
gallary in Hiromo and bought many at that time. I was so much impressed by his work and visited his studio in
Minnesota He showed me his studio and kiln. He also housed a showroom on his property. The showroom operated
strictly on the "honor system" whereby pots were marked with price stickers and visitors would pay for pots by placing
their money in a wicker basket. I also bought his pieces back to Japan. Although his pots are found in major museums
and command high prices among collectors, his belief as making of “everyday” pots stays the same. I am impressed by
him since I can’t easily obtain his masterpieces now.
On the Table Today, have a delicious meal with “Mingeisota style” earthenware.



by miwakoda | 2011-11-09 06:17 | 食卓芸術 Table Art

October 17, 2011 バラを愛した大物たち


ナポレオンがジョセフィーヌ(October 16)に贈ったマルメゾンの城には今もバラ園があるといいます。バラ園があるお城に住むなんて、素敵ね。


バラはとても高価なのに、さすが歴史上の人物たちね! バラの香は「女性の味方」といってどの肌タイプにもあうというスキンケアから、嫉妬からくる悲しみなどを緩和させるなど、身体にも心にもよいと言います。



Historical Figures who fell in love with rose: Rose Fragrance
Rose de Malmaison was gifted from Napoleon to Josephine (October 16). There are still beautiful rose garden. It must
be nice to live in the paradise with roses. In addition to Josephine and Napoleon, Czar Nero who established the
beginning of public bath and Cleopatra, a woman of great beauty, also loved rose. Czar Nero drank with rose while
Cleopatra made rose floor for Caesar. What exciting historical leaders, even though roses were so expensive! Rose
fragrance is called ‘women’s friend’ that is good for body and mind including skincare for any skin types to easing up
sadness due to jealousy. At least, foot massage by rose aroma oil makes you have very rich feeling.
On the Table Today, be with rich rose fragrance.



by miwakoda | 2011-10-17 06:38 | 食卓芸術 Table Art

October 16, 2011 悠久の愛


18世紀に流行った甘美で装飾的なロココ様式(October 15)から、ギリシャ・ローマの古典的なスタイルを重視する新古典主義(ネオクラシズム)に移っていきます。

ナポレオン1世の妻ジョセフィーヌ(1763年 - 1814年)が生きた時代は、アンピール様式と呼ばれる新古典主義の後期の時代で、食卓芸術にも直線的で権力の象徴にふさわしい月桂樹、バラ、蜂などのモチーフが描かれています。マルメゾン宮殿のお城のテーブルも直線的だったね。




Table of Empire style;Josephine, Napoleon’s wife
Sweet decorative Rococo was the representative style in the 18 century (October 15). After that, the style moved to
neoclassicism that attached weigh heavily to classicism in Greek and Rome. The era of Napoleon’s wife, Josephine
lived (1763-1814) was the late Empire style, which Table Art was straight line and could see power in the motifs of
laurel, rose, bee, etc. The Table Art in Malmaison was also straight line Napoleon felled in love hard with Josephine
when he saw her the first time. Josephine was 6 years older than he was. According to the word of Napoleon in his
letter to Josephine, the battles were for his love expression to his wife wishing glory. His motivation of his success could
be love. They ended up sadly that they had to devoice by the pressure of not having their own child, but their last words
were their names with “Josephine” and “Bonaparte”.
On the Table Today, be impressed by eternal love.



by miwakoda | 2011-10-16 06:37 | 食卓芸術 Table Art

October 14, 2011 18世紀の玉の輿


昨日の「かぐや姫」(October 13)が日本で類まれな美しさであったけれども、ルイ15世が溺愛した女性ポンパドュール侯爵夫人(1721年 - 1764年)も森の妖精のように美しかったそうです。平凡な家庭出身の彼女は、ルイ15世の心を射止めるために、あの手この手をつくしたとも。現代でいう玉の輿だったってわけです。




Table of Rococo Style: Louis XV and Marquise de Pompadour
It is said that Princess Kaguya, that was introduced yesterday (October 13), had an unreal beauty in Japan. Marquise
de Pompadour (1721-1764) deeply loved by Louis XV was also so beautiful like a fairy in the forest. Since she was born
ordinary, she strategically approached Louis XV and became a Cinderella. France in the 18 century was very powerful
as well as gorgeous, which period was called the age of Rococo. The table art was also flourished by the developments
of Baccarat glass, ceramic tableware and pale pink rose called Pompadour pink. Not only appearance but also her
gentlewomanly manner was an elegant icon or a dream girl among many women. I remember the hair style called
Pompadour was boom in Japan long time ago.
On the Table Today, imagine flower of Rococo.



by miwakoda | 2011-10-14 06:22 | 食卓芸術 Table Art

October 13, 2011 かぐや姫






Table for Heian Period: Princess Kaguya 'The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter'
Princess Kaguya is famous in Japan as Otsukimi princess, the heroine of the fairy tale 'The Tale of the Bamboo
Cutter' (Taketori Monogatari). This is the oldest story that was written in Heian Period. She had an unreal beauty
and was proposed many males. At the end of the story Princess Kaguya ascended to heaven at the full moon night,
‘Jyugoya’. I remember I cried so much at the end of the fairy tale when I was a small child. Taking a look at the table
for Heian period, the age of Princess Kaguya lived, was liberal atmosphere. Elegant court culture was bloomed and
Murasaki Shikibu, Seisho Nagon, and beautiful Ono no Komachi, those talented women of the time became popular.
It was told that their personalities showed the ways of how they ate. At the period, there were simple tastes so that
they seasoned rice to taste with four seasonings. Individual nature pieces and its culture could be generated based
on the style that each enjoyed each taste.
On the Table Today, cherish Princess in the Japanese history.



by miwakoda | 2011-10-13 06:19 | 食卓芸術 Table Art

July 16, 2011








そんな歴史があるからこそ、いま、世界的に有名な伝統工芸品である有田焼、‘JAPAN BRAND’を使って、和のテーブルやしのわずりのテーブルを作ることができるのね。


Traditional crafts: ‘Creamy’ Nabeshima (Arita)
Recently Japan has not been in an exciting and hot country, but it used to be. During the bubble economy, the couples
with ‘Caucasian men and Japanese women’ were trendy. Isn’t it ‘creamy’? Yesterday, I mentioned about table for
Edo period. I think that the ‘creamy’ episodes can't be separated from economy and culture developments. Back
to Edo period, royalty and the European aristocracy had the feeling of yearning about eastern porcelains centering on
‘Jingdezhen’ in China. It was told that the body of porcelain whiteness is similar to oriental women’s skins. It means
that their feeling of yearning was toward oriental women. So we as oriental women should be proud of ourselves.
Politics were not expectation. Arita that is one the representative eastern porcelains in Japan that was loved by the
royalty and the European aristocracy. The body of Nabeshima, one of Alita porcelains, is so ‘creamy’. Nabeshima
made the Shogunate a high quality present from special local products. Nabeshima had flourished and declined along
with Edo period. NABESHIMA Katsushige, a feudal lord of the Nabeshima in country area, felt indebted to 
TOKUGAWA Ieyasu because they lost at the battle of Sekigahara. As a result, the Nabeshima intently developed
and expanded the local product for ‘Sankinkotai’. At the end of Edo Period, the 11th Shogune, TOKUGAWA Ienary’s
daughter married to NABESHHIMA Tadanao. By doing so, the Nabeshima made precious goods for ‘Ooku (harem)’.
It became one of the splendid furnished goods for the Shogunate. It seemed a marriage of convenience but there
were a beautiful story that the Shogunate hoped the further development of the traditional craft, therefore ,he gave
his beloved daughter to NABESHIMA Tadanao while she was committed to her husband's and Nabeshima’s success.
Based on such history, we can create Japanese table and Chinese table by using one of the best ‘JAPAN BRAND’,
which is a famous traditional craft worldwide.
On the Table Today, respect the traditional craft and cultural developments along with ‘creamy’ relationships.



by miwakoda | 2011-07-16 06:56 | 食卓芸術 Table Art

July 15, 2011









Table for Edo Period: Roots of Modern Society & Cuisine Culture
One of my American acquaintances told me how the well-organized system of Edo period is. Especially,
‘sankinkoutai’ was a wonderful system based on the strategic thinking. In order local lords to show
their loyalty to the Shogunate, they obligated to give the Shogunate a present from special local products
every second year. This was the systematically organized method that could boost economic
development of the local areas as well as make the lords be under the control of the Shogunate, Edo’s
feudal government. In addition, their motivations for wishing to see their wives also supported the system.
If TOKUGAWA Ieyasu wrote a book called ‘Corporate Strategy’, it would have been a best seller. Edo
period for 260years is the era that was built the roots of modern society including social structure. The
income gap society and cuisine culture started from Edo era. The dinner tables for the Shogun as well as
general public were rather simple based on thrift warrant. However, the daily meals became further
diversified and current restaurant style by the appearance of eating places and stands was established at
that time. Sushi bar, and Kaiseki meal, dishes served on a tray to each individual, has also started a part
of cuisine culture of Edo period. They also enjoyed various ingredients including rice with pickles,
Nikunabe (an individual hotpot dish containing meat leeks cooked on a hibchi grill), various vegetables
such as Sansai (edible wild plants) and Yakiimo shops, which were increased until major boom reached.
I could recognize the roots of current home cooking. Did TOKUGAWA Ieyasu know Edo period was the
epitome of modern society by now.
On Your Today’s Table, lap current society over the history.



by miwakoda | 2011-07-15 06:29 | 食卓芸術 Table Art

July 3, 2011


July 2, 2011にご紹介したオーストリア・ハプスブルグ家の姫君たちが憧れたのは、細川元首相の先祖にあたる「細川ガラシャ」さま。






Table for Azuchi Momoyama Period: Dearest Ms. Garashya Hosokawa
The princesses of Hapsburg in Austria, introduced in July 2, 2011, admired and respected Garashya Hosokawa who
was the ancestor of the former Prime Minister, Hosokawa. Her life is also a full of ups and downs life compare favorably
with European princesses. Her husband Tadaoki Hosokawa, who loved her deeply, was extremely jealous about men
around her. It is said that a gardener who was killed by Hosokawa because he had a conversation with Garashya.
Meanwhile, Garashya had a very firm attitude. For example when she was almost raped by the husband’s boss,
Hideyoshi Toyotomi, she refused by just about killing herself. Before the battle of Sekigahara, when Mitsunari Ishida’s
soldiers, her husband’s enemy, surrounded her residence, Garcia ordered a chief official to stab her in the chest. I think
that she was too young to die, only 38years old. This is like in Japanese period dramas, isn’t it? Like the number of
stars, there is much different types of love relationships in this world. She was baptized and became Garashya,
therefore, she could accept her husband’s ego love and her martyr's death. I believe that she could have done because
she also loved him very much. Garashya’s life became an Opera called ‘The firm attitude princess’ was seen by the
princesses in Hapsburg. Garashya lived in Azuchi-Momoyama period. In this period, table was gorgeous using many
gold and silver kotate (dish ornaments). Before and after battles, a special ceremony called ‘Sankon’ was held. This
ceremony consisted of three cups of sake served on small. This is ‘Sankon ceremony’ can be seen in ‘Sansankudo’,
the traditional Shinto wedding ceremony still practiced in Japan. Garachyia must wish the safe of Tadaoki before
his battle and/or enjoy some relaxed time with him during the meal.
On the Table Today, think of a ‘historical couple’.



by miwakoda | 2011-07-03 07:19 | 食卓芸術 Table Art