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Tanba Tachikui-yaki(丹波立杭焼)

( image from : ) What Is Tanba Tachikui-yaki? Tanba Tachikui-yaki is one of Rokkoyo, the six traditional pottery authorized by the Japanese government. (The world-famous Seto-yaki and Shigaraki-yaki are also included in Rokkoyo.) It is from Hyogo Prefecture. It is considered that the history was started at the end of the Heian period (710-794) or the beginning of the Kamakura period (1185-1333) so that it has been baked for more than 800 years. Since potters have inherited the techniques for hundreds of years, Tanba Tachikui-yaki is also called as ‘a pottery, which narrates the history of Japanese pottery’. In the early stages of Tanba Tachikui-yaki, pots, jars, and earthenware […]


( image from : ) What Is Banko-yaki? Banko-yaki is from Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture. It is also called as Yokkaichi Banko-yaki. Banko-yaki is famous as an earthenware pot, and the Banko earthenware pot has an 80 to 90 percent share of the market in Japan. It is not too much to say that almost all domestic earthenware pots you can find in the market are Banko-yaki. Banko-yaki has an amazing high fire resistant so that it is perfect for earthenware pots that are fired directly by an open flame. Nowadays, Banko-yaki is richer in variety than before, for example, Tajine pots (pots for a North Arabian dish called Tajine. […]


What Is Mino-yaki? Mino-yaki is one of the major ceramics in Japan. It is from Toki City, Gifu Prefecture. It is considered that the history of Mino-yaki was started about 1300 years ago. The shipment of Mino-yaki makes up 62 percent of the whole ceramic shipment in Japan, and its shipment value accounts for 44 percent of the entire value of ceramic shipment in Japan. As you can see from the numbers, Mino-yaki is spread among many Japanese families. It is not too much to say that the majority of ceramics we often see at home and in restaurants is Mino-yaki. Nowadays, Mino-yaki is known as very simple and reasonable […]

Seto Sometsuke-yaki(瀬戸染付焼)

( image from : ) The Overview of Seto-yaki: Seto Sometsuke-yaki – Akadu-yaki Seto-yaki is one of theJapanese traditional crafts from Seto City, Aichi Prefecture. Strictly speaking, Seto-yaki is baked not only in Seto City but also around the city. The south region of Seto City is called Akadu Region, Akadu-yaki is baked. Akadu-yaki is considered as a part of Seto-yaki, but it is often discussed independently since Akadu-yaki has been established as a unique type of Seto-yaki. In this article, Seto-yaki excluding Akadu-yaki will be discussed, and to distinguish Seto-yaki (except Akadu-yaki) and Akadu-yaki, Seto-yaki is often called as Seto Sometsuke-yaki. (Akadu-yaki is discussed in another article independently.) The […]

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( image from : ) The Overview of Akadu-yaki Akadu-yaki is Japanese traditional porcelain from the south of Seto City, Aichi Prefecture. It is considered that Akadu-yaki is a part of Seto-yaki, but it is often discussed separately from Seto-yaki because it is established well as one of the independent kinds of pottery. The features that make Akadu-yaki very unique are discussed in the following paragraphs. (Since the history of Akadu-yaki is very similar with Seto Sometsuke-yaki, please refer the history of Seto Sometsuke-yaki to check the one of Akadu-yaki.) Like other traditional ceramics, Akadu-yaki has been developed by a lot of passions and techniques of ceramists for over 1000 […]


Izushi-yaki is traditional Japanese white porcelain from Izushi Town, Hyogo Prefecture. Since Izushi-yaki has very mystic white color, it is known as ‘too white color porcelain’. The surface of it is very smooth, and the beauty of the smoothness is often compared to silk. The History of Izushi-yaki Since the era of Emperor Suinin (from 29 BC to AD 70; various theories), potters have baked pottery around present Izushi Town. It is considered that the beginning of its industry was in 1764 (the Edo Period) because the first kiln to bake unglazed earthenware was built in this year. In other words, Izushi-yaki was started as pottery. In 1789, Zaemon Nihachiyasan, […]

Shodai yaki(小代焼)

( image from : ) The Outline of Shodai-yaki Shodai-yaki is Japanese traditional pottery from Kumamoto Prefecture. Its name comes from the mountain located in the northern part of the prefecture – Mt. Shodai. The foot of this mountain has suitable soil for pottery, and the soil gives the pottery unique tastes, such as the smoothness and a beautiful dark color. Because of the good soil, a region around the mountain has been thrived since they started to bake pottery. It is considered that Shodai-yaki was started in the Edo Era (ca. 1600-) and now it has around 400 years of history. In 2003, Shodai-yaki is authorized as a Japanese […]

Shitoro yaki(志戸呂焼)

( image from : 1) What is Shitoro-yaki? Shitoro-yaki is pottery with a tasteful austere design from Shizuoka Prefecture, and it is one of the admirable Japanese pottery. The kilns of Shitoro-yaki (also called as Shidoro-yaki) are famous as one of seven favorite kilns of Enshu Kobori, a notable expert in the tea ceremony. He praised seven kilns that baked pottery suiting his taste and style very much and called them as Enshu Nana Gama (Enshu’s Seven Kilns). Incidentally, other six pottery are Asahi-yaki, Agano-yaki, Akahada-yaki, Kosobe-yaki, Takatori-yaki, and Zeze-yaki. What all pottery from Enshu Nana Gama commonly has is refined beauty which is related to the tea ceremony. You […]

Kokuji yaki(小久慈焼)

The Outline of Kokuji-yaki Kokuji-yaki is a pottery from Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture. It is famous as a pottery which has smooth and beautiful white surface as if women’s skin. It has 200 years of history, and it is considered that its originator is Jiemon Kumagai. The techniques he used were based on Soma-yaki, which is from present Fukushima Prefecture. Kokuji-yaki is made of local clay and glaze, and the ingredients have not changed since Kokuji-yaki were started to bake. The region of present Kuji City was not blessed with rich soil for agriculture. In the old days in japan, citizens needed to pay tribute to the ruler. Usually, people […]

Mashiko yaki(益子焼)

( image from : ) History of Mashiko-yaki Mashiko-yaki is a Japanese traditional pottery from Mashiko Town, Tochigi Prefecture. Compared to other Japanese pottery, Mashiko-yaki got established as it is today way much later. Potters in Mashiko Town have been baked pottery for ages. It is considered that the manufacture of present style Mashiko-yaki was started in 1853, the end of the Edo period. The originator of Mashiko-yaki is Keizaburo Otsuka. When he was a child, he went to a Terakoya (a Japanese private school which was very common in the Edo period. Teachers taught reading and writing to children in the school. It helped to raise the standard of […]