This plate, which makes the food stand out, was produced by Maruzen Kagaku Inc. It was founded in 1898. They produce tableware, using technique for Minoyaki the traditional industry of Toki city, but actually they are a special manufacturer producing special tiles for interior and exterior.
Senkuro Mizuno the founder of Maruzen Kagaku Inc. started to produce pottery as its beginning, mainly he made the bottle and the cup for Sake, also the green tea bowl with Shino glaze and Oribe glaze which is the traditional pottery. Going into the Showa era, using tiles in the kitchen and bathroom had spread to the ordinary home and looking toward the future, Mizuno drastically turned around his business. He started to produce tiles using technique of pottery.
Afterwards he introduced a kneading machine for mixing soil, which then made his tile business grow to 80% and leading him to change direction to focus on his tile business and become known as an Interior/Exterior Tile Manufacturer.
Once the decision was made, they immediately hired a pottery designer. They started to develop product that would change the image of the mass produced Minoyaki pottery, and a product that uses a more modern arrangement of the traditional technique to produce a pottery that is not for everyday use.
The concept was to beautifully place the seasonal dishes. They visited high-class Japanese traditional restaurants in Tokyo and Osaka to study what kind of dishes make the food look appealing. They also thought to create a product difficult to be copied by others, which led to using their professional Tile production techniques. Usually for Minoyaki, making a square is difficult, it is possible to shape it but by the time you dry it the corners start to break and crumble. That is where their years of tile production technique helped.