Japanese Hand Fans - the folding fan was invented in Japan in the 8th century and taken to China in the 9th century. They're used by warriors, actors, and children, given as presents, serve as trays for holding gifts, and used in religious ceremonies. The top of the fan handle symbolizes the beginning of life; the ribs symbolize the roads of life going out in all directions to good fortune.
Indian thali - meal made up of a selection of various typical dishes including rice, dal, vegetables, roti, papad, curd (yoghurt), small amounts of chutney or pickle, and a sweet dish to top it off.Thali dishes vary from region to region and are usually served in small bowls, called katori, which are placed on a round tray, the actual thali - often a steel tray made with multiple compartments is used. #food #culture #india #cuisine