Meaning: Donburi (Don) vs Donburi-Bachi vs Donburi-Mono
When you think of food containers unique to Japan, what comes to mind first? As you know, we Japanese 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 food of the Japanese, cooked rice is served.
Actually, 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? Actually, 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 2 different meanings, and one refers to Japanese rice bowl dishes served in the thick deep ceramic bowl called Donburi or Donburi-Bachi. “Donburi-Mono (丼物)” is the Japanese word for this meaning.
Donburi (丼) or Donburi-Bachi (丼鉢)
Meanwhile, the other meaning of Donburi only refers to the 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.
Besides, although Donburi-Mono refers to Japanese rice bowl dishes served in Donburi-Bachi, Donburi-Bachi isn’t only for Donburi-Mono, but it is also used for Japanese (noodle) soup dishes and the like, such as miso soup, ramen, udon, and soba.
(Reference Pages: Wikipedia 丼, 丼物, 丼鉢 )