In Japanese culture the vessel in which food is served is just as important as the food itself. While table aesthetics add visual pleasure, the material and the texture of the tableware plays an important role in the enjoyment of the food as well.
One time, one meeting. This is the Japanese philosophy of ichigo-ichie. We approach each interaction with true sincerity and treasure it as if it were the last. The same intent is used when creating Iga-yaki earthenware by Nagatani-en because each individual piece plays a significant role as part of a unique dish, meal and gathering that can only happen once-in-a-lifetime.