Let’s visit spring pottery markets
Vivid and delicate paintings, or simple unrefined texture expressing wabi-sabi, Japanese pottery has various attractions with different techniques. We introduce major spring pottery markets opened by potteries where you may find lots of pieces for souvenirs of Japan.
Arita Ceramics Fair - Fusion of tradition and modern (Saga Prefecture)
Arita-yaki (ware), also known as Imari-yaki, has been famous for its delicate and beautiful patterns influenced by China. It has a long history among Japanese pottery, and is designated as traditional crafts. To show visitors the idea that how to live with and coordinate with Arita-yaki in daily life, exhibitions and events are held at the market. There are also famous pottery production areas such as Imari and Hasami around Arita. It is fun to spend a day for a pottery hopping!
●Aria Ceramics Fair
●0955-42-4111 (Arita Chamber of Commerce)
●The whole area in Aritacho, Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga Prefecture
●April 29 – May 5
Kutani Chawan Matsuri Market – Unique porcelain works get together (Ishikawa Prefecture)
Kutani-yaki (ware) has characteristics of brilliant colors, bold and innovative patterns. This porcelain market is attracting hundreds of thousands of people from all around Japan. You can buy any kinds of porcelain from masterpieces by excellent potters to everyday use china at incredibly affordable prices. Kutani-yaki has been known for pieces with traditional techniques such as Ko (old) Kutani, Mokube, and Shoza, and some of them were named in association with the potters. They also invented new techniques such as Saiyu (colored glaze) and Yurikinsai (gold paint). It is interesting to look at these pieces with world famous coloring techniques. Access from Tokyo also improved since Hokuriku Shinkansen opened in 2015. Why don’t you enjoy a leisurely trip along with Hokuriku gourmet and hot springs?
●Kutani Chawan Matsuri Festival
●Kutani Pottery Village special site, 22 Izumidaimachi Minami, Nomi-shi, Ishikawa Prefecture
●8:30-19:30 (may vary)
Kasama Himatsuri - Good access from Tokyo! (Ibaraki Prefecture)
More than 200 potters and potteries participate in Kasama Himatsuri. Pieces created by young, hard-driving artists are also lined up. In order to make potteries more accessible to our daily life, the market offers visitors special experiences such as “nodate,” which you enjoy an outdoor tea ceremony with your favorite bowl you pick, a try of spinning lathe at Kid’s Land and more. On weekends, shuttle buses to/from Mashiko Pottery Festival, another famous pottery place, are available so that you can visit both festivals in a day.
●Kasama Himatsuri (Festival)
●Kasama Geijutsunomori Park, 2345 Kasama, Kasama-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture
●April 29-May 5
*The above information was last updated February 1, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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