Hashi-yasume (rest your chopsticks)

Hashi is chopsticks, yasume is rest, so the word literally means ‘rest your chopsticks’, meaning palate cleanser in English. Pickled dishes are good for Hashi-yasume. Many families in Japan usually have some kinds of pickles in the fridge and serve along with the rice, or nibbles with drinks. The traditional lidded bowl made of pottery or ceramic is convenient for when they preserve pickles in the fridge and can be put on the table as it is. This is my favorite lidded bowl. Simple and smoothed white porcelain goes well with any dish and off course reduce the use of plastic wraps!