Kogiku ("Small Crysanthemum") Kaishi, Papers for Serving Tea Sweets, pack of 30. 14.5x17.5cm (5.625x6.875".) Kaishi paper is typically used as a portable plate from to eat sweets, and to wipe one's fingers, when being served tea. The use of Kaishi goes back to the Heian Period (794-1185) when aristocrats kept them tucked in to their kimono, much like the Western practice of carrying a handkerchief. Today, it is an important accessory for guests to bring to a tea gathering. However, kaishi use is not limited to tea ceremony. Hosts can serve a variety sweets and foods on them, or they can be used as an attractive plate liner. coaster, or even to wrap gift money. Kaishi are an inexpensive and elegant way to show respect to others when giving or receiving.