In this article, we would like to introduce “Kaiseki Ryori” (懐石料理)which meaning is easily misunderstood.

By understanding the true meaning of the word, you can further learn about the culture of Japan!

What is Kaiseki Ryori 懐石料理?

The dish of (Kaiseki Ryorii) is one of the culinary cultures of Japan that came from Sado. Originally, Kaiseki Ryori was a meal that was presented before having a tea during the tea ceremony.

Kaiseki Ryori expresses the concept of  Wabi Sabi as a meal. Its three major principles are 「To use seasonal ingredients ・To have the finest hospitality・To take advantage of the original taste of the ingredient 」. Basically,「Ichiju Sansai (one soup and three side dishes)」is provided in the menu.

It is a way of cooking that has deeply influenced todays Japanese eating manner.

The Difference from Kaiseki Ryori 会席料理 ?


Although there is another kaiseki ryori (会席料理)  which has the same pronunciation as kaiseki ryori (懐石料理), the latter stands for a small meal to satisfy temporary hunger. The former (会席料理) ,on the other hand,is a traditional Japanese course dinner


Today’s Kaiseki Ryori (懐石料理)?

Today’s Kaiseki Ryori is considered as a meal that provides 1 soup and 3 side dishes rather than a meal that is presented before having a tea during the tea ceremony.

Today, the meal that is presented in a tea ceremony is called「Chakaiseki 茶懐石」instead of 「Kaiseki Ryori 懐石料理」.


How was it?

The origin of Kaiseki Ryori(懐石料理) came from the Japanese tea ceremony.

You may have learned and understood the meaning of kaiseki ryori by reading this article. And now, you can enjoy this meal in a different way!

We hope you will enjoy a Kaiseki Ryori when you visit to Japan.