We've done a number of Japanese/Far Eastern feasts. We set up low
tables with on the floor seating for our feasters...with a couple of
tables with chairs for those physically incapable of sitting on the
floor. So far as feast gear is concerned, we let folks know that food
will be served in a more Japanese style, but folks bring their own
gear. I think we supplied chopsticks a couple of times. I suspect that
you are not going to be able to afford to make dishes for everyone...and
doing them just for high table might be resented by some. But YMMV.
Personally, I wouldn't worry about it...unless you do give out
Solveig Throndardottir wrote:
> Noble Cousins!
> Greetings from Solveig! I am helping plan a Japanese feast
> tentatively scheduled for about May of next year. Here is a question
> for everyone:
> Presentation is an important part of Japanese cuisine. Thus, we are
> thinking about bundling basic Japanese feast ware of some sort into
> the on-Board cost. Here are the options:
> 1. Everyone onboard gets a set of feast ware.
> 2. Only an "above the salt" group gets a set of feast ware.
> 3. Nobody gets a set of feast ware.
> Another interesting question is whether to make the feast ware for
> temple style (and this implies a vegetarian menu) dining or for elite
> style (and this implies your furry, feathery, and finny friends being
> on the menu) feast ware. Both are interesting.
> Another issue is of course seating. Traditionally, Japanese sit on
> the floor during banquets. To what extent should people sit at
> tables? I'm inclined to group those at tables as foreign guests and
> have them use their own feast ware.
> Anyway. I'm looking for suggestions.
> Thank you very much for your help.
> Your Humble Servant
> Solveig Throndardottir
> Amateur Scholar
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