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Try an Easy Asian Table Setting with a DIY Floral Centerpiece!


Try something new this Fall with a causal Japanese-inspired Asian table setting and a beautiful floral centerpiece.

Hi there!  Welcome to the Autumn Tablescape and Blog Hop hosted by Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate!  If you are coming from Starfish Cottage, I’m so happy to have you.   We are in a Japanese rental in Okinawa (at least for two more weeks) so I decided to set an Eclectic Japanese table for Autumn.  When in Rome, right?

Asian Tablescape with Japanese Table Setting Ideas

A cute four-seater white table is set with Japanese dishes, chopsticks, sake set, and a floral centerpiece.
Asian Tablescape with Japanese Table Setting Ideas

Our rental kitchen is very small and we’ve enjoyed all our meals around a little four-seater table that we snagged for free on Bookoo.    I used my Fall “Faux Real” centerpiece as a starting point and added in Okinawan tableware my husband and I collected the past 18 months we’ve been here.  Here’s our Autumn table with an eclectic mix and Asian flare.

Japanese dishes with chopsticks are displayed on a small white table with a floral centerpiece and red and pink table runner.
Japanese Table Decoration Ideas
An asian table setting with a pink global table runner on a white table, black charger, dark grey cloth napkin, white dinner plate, bamboo salad plate, and chopsticks on top.
Asian Table Setting

Each table setting includes a DIY painted charger, IKEA plate, metallic cloth napkin, bamboo plate, chopstick set, and famous Okinawan Ryukyu blown glass. 

We have blown glasses in many colors.  I’m in love with the purple ones and they compliment the flowers.

A close up of a small Asian dinner table in a Japanese kitchen showing colorful and eclectic place setting with chopsticks and layered dished, Okinawa glass tumbler, and floral centerpiece.
Asian Dinner Table
A metallic sake set on a wooden try with a Japanese wooden pumpkin, and floral stem sits on a white table.
Sake Set

A Japanese table wouldn’t be complete without a sake set!  (Although I’ll pass. ;))  I included a few metallic pumpkins I found at our USMC Officer Wives gift shop.

Dried nuts and fruit are in white bowls on a white table.
Dried Fruit and Nuts

Have you heard of Goya, the bitter melon?  It’s said to give longevity to the Okinawans and the reason why they are some of the longest living people in the world.  Well, there’s a special dish here called champuru that is a stir fry of vegetables including goya.  It’s pretty good (although the goya itself is an acquired taste!) but I found a tasty alternative with fruit champuru.   The fruit and fruit products out here are amazing!  I mixed it with nuts for our Fall table.

Asian table settings are on a white table with a pink and orange table runner and floral centerpiece in a wooden crate withe beautiful colored tumblers.
Japanese Table Decoration Ideas
A small kitchen with an asian dinner table is set beautifully with Japanese dishes, a floral tables-cape, and floral kitchen cabinets in the background.
Asian Dinner Table in a Japanese Kitchen

A pretty Fall colored table runner completes the table!  Make sure to check out 50 + Fall seasonal and holiday decorating ideas, DIYs, and free printables for the season.

Join me on Instagram for behind-the-scenes, DIYs, decorating tips, room tours, and home inspiration. I’ll see you over there!

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Autumn Tablescape Blog Hop

Thanks for stopping by today!  The next stop is the lovely Sara from Twelve on Main.  I’ll see you over there!

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  1. Your ‘faux real’ centerpiece is perfect with your runner and Japanese-inspired table! (I popped over to see your tutorial!) Your metallic pumpkin has the perfect Asian flair. I’ll pass on the sake too 🙂

    1. lol, Thanks Mary! I didn’t think about the pumpkin having an Asian flair but now that you mention it, it does. Especially the shape of the wood stem. Good eye!

  2. What a beautiful table you have set, I love the Asian flair! I love the bamboo mixed with the metallic….so much interest on this lovely table, Wishing you a wonderful week! Pam @ Everyday Living

  3. Your Fall Japanese inspired tablescape looks beautiful! I love your centerpiece! It is gorgeous and is the perfect touch with the Japanese dishes! I’m so excited and flattered to be participating in the Fall Tablescape Blog Hop with such a talented group of bloggers.

  4. How perfectly unique Kathy! I love the way you’ve embraced the culture and style in your Japanese tablescape, it’s all beautiful and so creatively put together!

  5. Oh Kathy, what a creative tablescape you set with your Japanese Inspired design. Those black and gold dinner plates are stunning, and combined with your little black and gold mini pumpkins are the perfect touch of Fall! My daughter and son in law are a military family, so I understand first hand the challenges of recreating your space every couple of years! Thank you so much for being a part of the Autumn Tablescape Blog Hop!

  6. Kathy, a lovely tablescape from Okinawa. I really have enjoyed seeing your table with the Autumn touches. I give you kudos for creating a lovely tablescape in your rental space. Lots of fun for you to be able to collect unique dishware. happy Autumn.

  7. Kathy, I love how you’ve incorporated Japanese flair into your tablescape! It is so clean, fresh, and a bit of masculine/feminine yin-yang going on, which I am always inspired by. We have a bit of Asian touches in our home’s traditional decor, and I’ve collected a few things that I enjoy. This is really a great tablescape. Happy trails to you & your husband as he moves in his career. I’ll be following, having added you on G+. 🙂
    Rita C at Panoply

    1. Thank you so much Rita! I apologize for the late reply, we are currently in a middle of a military move but I’m super excited to move into a traditional Japanese home on mainland Japan. Now, I really will have to embrace Japanese culture and design! Thanks for the G+ add. xoxo

  8. I agree Kathy – when in Rome, go for it and you did a great job! Love the charger plates. I have been wanting to paint some so thank you for sharing your DIY post! Thank you too for your family serving our country!

  9. You did such a wonderful job combining seasonal Fall decor with Asian elements. So unique but yet so familiar. I would love to get the opportunity to try the Goya fruit (and other foods as well). The contrast of bamboo with the metallic look of the sake set brings so much more interest to the table. What a wonderful experience and a way to bring two cultures together.

    1. Thank you for the kind words Marsha! The goya is very bitter but there are different varieties and the locals really enjoy it. I like it cooked with other veggies. 🙂

  10. Now this is an interesting tablescape! So great to see how one might decorate for fall in Japan and you’ve done it perfectly. Love the centerpiece with the flowers in the crate which speaks of a more North American vibe while the dishes and other elements look more Asian. Your skill at incorporating two cultures on a tabletop is exceptional. I really enjoyed my stop here!

  11. Kathy this is so great. I love the Japanese inspiration here! I love to come check out your posts and I am fascinated by the culture you effortlessly add to your decor. What a fresh take on a fall tablescape.

  12. I love how unique your table is! The Asian flair is inspiring and creative. I have saved lots of ideas for my own table from this post. The purple and green glassware with the bright floral centerpiece is so very pretty!

  13. Kathy, you did a great job of embracing your setting and the culture of Japan. Incorporating the pumpkins with the sake set is ingenious. Just shows that a Thankgiving table does not have to be orange to be seasonal and festive. Happy to be with you on the tablescape blog hop.

  14. Wow! Loving your japanese inspired fall table! That is just beautiful Kathy, from the stunning textures and colors you used right down to those adorable little pumpkins. So glad to be partnered with you at the Autumn Blog!

  15. What a treat that you have shared a tablescape inspired by Okinawa! I love the place settings, with the black and white contrast! And the chop sticks! What fun! The pop of pink in the flowers is just the right pop of colour!

    1. Thank you Maureen! I’ve been meaning to include chopsticks into a tablescape since we use them everyday and am glad I finally went for it. lol

  16. Another post with many great recommendations from you. Despite I haven’t finished the links that you shared in The Creative Circle, I saved this post for future reading. Thanks again, Kathy 😉 .

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