Tasteful black Suzu-Yaki !!

IMG_8722IMG_87263suz00253suz0024
At the point of Noto Peninsula, there is Suzu-city where used to be a production center of archaeological ceramic around the 14th century. The products transported to almost all the areas along the Japan Sea.

Suzu-Yaki (Ishikawa) is the successor of unglazed pottery in grayish black shade, as the result of incomplete combustion by limiting the amount oxygen in the kiln.

Online Sake Cup Shop specialized in Japanese ceramic sake cup

Traditional Ohi-Yaki in Kanazawa !!

3ohi0012IMG_8730IMG_8736
Ohi-Yaki (Kanazawa, Ishikawa) is traditional pottery originated by a invited potter of Raku family in Kyoto nearly 350 years ago. Its characteristic caramel brown glaze is known as “Ameyu”.
There are many sightseeing spots near the Ohi-Yaki shop. “Nagamachi Samurai Houses” being surrounded by mud walls of high-ranking warriors, “Oyama Jinja Shrine” of which the gate uniquely decorated with stained glass and so on.

Online Sake Cup Shop specialized in Japanese ceramic sake cup

Yamagata Yamadera and HIrashimizu Yaki (Yamagata)

IMG_8102IMG_81031hir0026_1

Yamadera (or literally, “temple in mountain”) in Yamagata is the very popular temple among sightseers. This temple was founded in 860, and 1,010 stone steps lead from the foot to the top of the mountain. It used to be a place for ascetic practices.
Here is Hirashimizu-Yaki nearby which is traditional pottery created local clay of Mount Chitose.

Online Sake Cup Shop specialized in Japanese sake cup

Ginzan Hot Spring and porcelain Kaminohata Yaki (Yamagata) !!

IMG_8093IMG_80961kam00071kam0008

In Yamagata Prefecture of Tohoku area, there are numerous sightseeing spots. Ginzan (or literally meaning of silver mine) Hot Spring is one of the popular ones because of its nostalgic atmosphere with old Japanese-style inns.
Here is the revived Kaminohata Yaki of porcelain-ware which was dated back to the Edo era.

Online Sake Cup Shop specialized in Japanese sake cup

The little Kyoto, Izushi-cho – - -popular sightseeing spots !!

5IZU0020_15IZU0021_1IMG_6587IMG_6588

Izushi-town is called a little Kyoto since it still retains old housing and atmosphere with which entertain many tourists. In addition, Izushi-town is a famous production center of Izushi-Yaki which is traditional porcelain produced with local pottery stone. Because of its tradition and history, it is designated by the Japanese Government as Traditional Craft Products .
It was a castle town during the Edo period, of which a part of the castle was reconstructed. Along the main street, visitors enjoy shopping at old reformed merchants’ houses and the oldest clock tower, “Shinkoro” in Japan.

Online Sake Cup Shop specialized in Japanese sake cup

Spring Pottery Festival in Tanba-Yaki (Hyogo)

IMG_6571IMG_6563IMG_6572IMG_6580

The end of April thru the beginning of May is Spring Holiday Season, called a Golden Week in Japan. Many ceramics production centers in Japan set special events to exhibit and to sell their characteristic pottery and porcelain products. Tanba-Yaki (Hyogo) is not exception. They held Haru Monogatari or “A Story in Spring” to open their work studios to the public and to show the old climbing kiln firing products by members of potters and volunteer.
The climbing kiln is 47 meters long and 2 meters wide having 9 chambers

Online Sake Cup Shop specialized in Japanese sake cup

Unique Mumyoi-Yaki pottery at Sado !!

IMG_7590IMG_8885IMG_7576
Mumyoi-Yaki is unique pottery formed with Mumyoi red clay, which is produced at only Sado gold mine and fired at high temperature. A the Ed period, it was said that the clay was used as blood-forming medicine because of its iron-rich content. Only potters living in the Sado Iskand are eligible to use the red clay.

The Aikawa area has many sightseeing spots such as remains of the gold mine and gold refinery, a magistrate’s office and so on. Long time ago, the Sado Island was isolated and accommodated many criminals for gold mining.

Other Mike’s Site Links
* Online Sake Cup Shop
* Amazon Store
* eBay Store
* Twitter

Kurashiki beautiful sight area !!

IMG_6810IMG_68076sak0006
Kurashiki (Okayma) was the Edo Shogunate’s (Government ‘s) demesne in the Edo period. There are many merchant Kuras (or warehouses) with white walls reserved around the Kurashiki River. The area is designated as Kurashiki Bikan Chiku (Kurashiki beautiful sight area) by the government.
Sakatsu-Yaki was started,by Suekichi Okamoto, one of the richest merchants, using local good clay in the early Meiji Era here.

Other Mike’s Site Links
* Online Sake Cup Shop
* Amazon Store
* eBay Store
* Twitter

Onta-Yaki produced at nostalgic village !!

IMG_6777IMG_6786IMG_6784
Onta-Yaki is produced at Hita City in Oita prefecture. The Onta Village is one of the most unique villages in many ways, consisting ten (10) potter’s families only. Surprisingly, no modern machinery is used in the pottery making process.
Once we walk into the village, we notice nostalgically rhythmical sounds from a device called “Karausu” or (Chinese mortar) powered by water of the river here and there. This is used to pound and to make fine clay for pottery.
The Onta-Yaki was started in the mid Edo Shogunate, by an assistance of Koishiwara-Yaki’s potters and handed down within the limited potters.

Other Mike’s Site Links
* Online Sake Cup Shop
* Amazon Store
* eBay Store
* Twitter

Unique pottery, Tsuboya-Yaki in Okinawa !!

IMG_5171
IMG_5175
IMG_5208
Tsuboya-Yaki is unique pottery of Okinawa prefecture, the southernmost prefecture. The traditional technique is not different from that of the mainland of Japan but the decorations and colors are uniquely outstanding.
Tsuboya-Yaki is originated in the 17th century, by the former Ryukyu Kingdom under influence of the Satsuma clan. At the time, the Kingdom integrated the local production centers into Tsuboya (current Naha city) to increase roofing tile. This is the reason why Tsuboya-Yaki is being produced at Yachimun (pottery in Okinawa dialect) Dori (street) near a center of Naha for 300years and more.
Due to emitted smoke in firing pottery, Jiro Kinjo, a living national treasure moved to Yomitan-son, the center area of the mainland of Okinawa in 1972. Then, many potters followed and developed a new pottery village, Yachimun No Sato (village). Here are Yomitan Tsuboya-Yaki and Yomitanzan-Yaki now.
Photos : Yachimun Dori guide map, typical Tsuboya-Yaki shop, A climbing kiln at Yachimun No Sato

Other Mike’s Site Links
* Online Sake Cup Shop
* Amazon Store
* eBay Store
* Twitter