Originally conceived in the 13th century by vegetarian Chinese Zen Buddhist monks, Shojin cuisine was soon after popularized in Japan. This style of cooking, though missing meat or fish, is widely thought to be the provenance of all modern Japanese cuisine. Kaiseki is a form of serving a Japanese meal similar to French Haute Cuisine, consisting of at least six courses.
Shojin Kaiseki is a vegan, multi-course meal that incorporates fresh, seasonal ingredients simply seasoned to bring out their full flavors. Shojin style meals dictate that as much as possible of any given ingredient is used, minimizing, or completely doing away with waste. The prepared dishes are laid out to enhance the visual beauty of each individual component. These are some photos from a dinner we recently composed.