The aluminum plates are engraved with Japanese Traditonal designs on the surface.
The left one is called Shippou Tsunagi (七宝つなぎ）meaning seven treasures and we believe that you can obtain 7 treasures by just holding the design leading you to prosperity.
The one on the right is called Asano ha moyou (麻の葉模様）meaning Linen or Hemp leaf design. We have traditionally believed that the Hemp has a special power to keep away bad spirits and the Hemp leaf design has, thus, often been used for kimono or various things which we normally wear everyday.
The plates come in square shape as well.
They can be used as plates like serving cheese or sweets etc.
Aluminum plates are so unusual that many people do not know how to use them, but they actually go well with wooden things, so you can use them with wooden trays etc.
For more details you can visit our online store (Japaese only at the moment, I am afraid)
Alternatively you can also visit us in Aoyama, Tokyo.
To visit our store in Tokyo
Only 1 min. walk from Gaienmae Station Exit 1b on Ginza line (metro).
2-22-15 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
We can also send them overseas too by EMS (the payment can be done with Paypal), so if you are interested, please feel free to contact us http://www.mabysoshite.com/contactus/contactus01.html