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The Japanese often say, “Me de taberu” (“You eat with your eyes”), something I truly understood the first time I stayed at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style inn.

It was there that I was served a multi-course meal in an array of delicate, immaculately plated courses served on gorgeous ceramics of all shapes and sizes. The experience left an impression, and, as a result, researching and collecting Japanese tableware has since become a passion of mine.

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