The re-interpretation of Orientalism
Sushi is a classic Japanese delicacy while the Samurai was a powerful military class in feudal Japan. The re-interpretation of the Sushi tray invites users to experience the semblance of Samurai attributes together with traditions of sushi etiquette; From the dynamic motion of the katana slash to the flexibility of Eastern utensils.
The overall form of the Samurai Sushi Tray had adopted the Japanese's auspicious shape of parallelogram, such as resembled by Mitsubishi's logo and the ornamentation in the katana handle. Being a parallelogram also further enhanced the katana slash with the contrast of different inlay of wood species.
The feature of Eastern utilities
As Eastern utilities possess flexible qualities, the Sushi Tray is reversible from its tilted and flat surfaces. While dining, the tray caters to diners with the usage options of the horizontality, diagonality and verticality tray in accordance closeness of diners. Adding on to the flexibility of replaceable chopsticks on both sides the warm touch of wooden Eastern utilities.
Uniqueness or originality
The tilted surfaces not only aid in holding the chopsticks but also enhance the three dimensionality of the slash that is further continued with contrasting inlays of the chopsticks. Overall, from the auspicious shape to the three dimensionality, the Samurai Sushi Tray embodies the synergy of both Samurai and traditional cuisine of Japanese culture.
James Sua - Samurai Sushi Tray, 2016,
made of walnut & maple, dim 1.5 x 34 x 12 cm,
Products in Asian Cultural Context (NTU) with Chalit Kongsuwan,