What is Kaiseki cuisine?
In the present day, kaiseki is a type of art
form that balances the taste, texture, appearance,
and colors of food. To this end, only fresh seasonal
ingredients are used and are prepared in ways that
aim to enhance their flavor. Local ingredients are
often included as well. Finished dishes are
carefully presented on plates that are chosen to
enhance both the appearance and the seasonal theme
of the meal. Dishes are beautifully arranged and
garnished, often with real leaves and flowers, as
well as edible garnishes designed to resemble
natural plants and animals.