This idea makes so much sense to me. I’ve never really enjoyed covering the pretty pattern on a dish with food, as I’m not sure which to pay attention to. In order for the food to be the star of the show, these traditional Jingdezhen patterns have been painted on the underside of the serving dish, in order that the spotlight can be on the food while the dish’s beauty remains apparent.

JDZ-plate

See more dishes that express the Japanese notion of “the reverse side in particular should be made beautiful” at K-shop.