Scania recommended the shadows book by 'Jun'ichiro Tanizaki' to me a while back and it pretty much got read in a day, since then i've re-read it a few times. i really like the book.
In Praise of Shadows is the title of a short book on aesthetics by the Japanese author Jun'ichirō Tanizaki. First published in 1933, the essay consists of sixteen sections that discuss traditional Japanese aesthetics. Comparisons to light and darkness are used to contrast Western and Asian cultures; while the West, in its striving for progress, is presented as continuously searching for light and clarity, the subtle and subdued forms of oriental art and literature are seen by Tanizaki as an appreciation of shadow.
With that in mind i just found this japanese website that sells all the kitchenware. and thankfully google help you translate it. Here.