Kaiseki is a traditional Japanese dinner served in a series of courses. Kaiseki draws on a number of traditional Japanese haute cuisines, especially the traditions of imperial court cuisine or yusoku-ryori and samurai cuisine honzen ryori. Kaiser also draws its more austere influences from Buddhist cuisine shojin ryorui, and tea ceremony cuisine cha kaiseki. These individual cuisines have been incorporated into modern kaiseki - an art form that balances taste, appearance, texture and colors. Only fresh seasonal and usually local ingredients are used and are prepared so as to enhance their flavor. Dishes are presented on ceramics and garnishes chosen to enhance the season and the appearance of the meal.