Meaning: Donburi (Don) vs Donburi-Bachi vs Donburi-Mono
When you think of food containers unique to Japan, what comes to your mind first?
As you know, Japanese people sometimes pack foods in a plastic or stainless box called “Bento-Bako (弁当箱)” to make them easy to carry around.
But above all, we are most familiar with ceramic bowls in which, the staple of the Japanese diet, rice is served.
There are several types of Japanese ceramic bowls, but among those, I think “Donburi (丼)” is especially well-recognized overseas.
Donburi vs. Don vs. Donburi-Mono vs. Donburi-Bachi
Speaking of Donburi, have you ever heard that there are 3 Japanese words associated with it?
They are “Don (丼)”, “Donburi-Mono (丼物)”, and “Donburi-Bachi (丼鉢)”, which partially have the same meaning.
For those who know little about these terms, today I will explain how they are different from one another.
Donburi (丼) or Don (丼)
Donburi (丼) or Donburi-Mono (丼物)
The word Donburi has two different meanings, and one refers to a Japanese rice bowl dish served in a thick, deep ceramic bowl called Donburi or Donburi-Bachi.
“Donburi-Mono (丼物)” is the term for this meaning.
Donburi (丼) or Donburi-Bachi (丼鉢)
Meanwhile, the other meaning of Donburi only refers to a Donburi bowl itself, and the term for this meaning is “Donburi-Bachi (丼鉢)”.
Donburi or Donburi-Bachi traditionally comes in ceramic bowls. But in modern times, it is often made from plastic.
Donburi-Mono refers to a Japanese rice bowl dish served in a Donburi-Bachi, but the bowl isn’t only meant for Donburi-Mono.
It is also used for Japanese (noodle) soup dishes, such as miso soup, ramen, udon, and soba.