Tokoname Pottery Path
A summary of Tokoname City information
Welcome to Tokoname and "Yakimono Sanpomichi" or Pottery Path. The "Yakimono
Sanpomichi" is a path which started as a natural tour of the various points
of interest in Tokoname in about 1972. This path is filled with old traditional
houses, workshops and buildings of great character and interest. It has remained
unchanged keeping its pottery-town atmosphere, unique to Tokoname.
I'd like to explain a little about the city of Tokoname before we start walking.
Tokoname was already well-known as a pottery town at the end of the 12th century.
Tokoname is one of the six historic pottery towns of Japan. The others are:
Bizen, Shigaraki, Tamba, Seto and Echizen. They are known as The Six Ancient
Kilns of Japan".
The Tokoname kilns were said to be the largest and oldest of them all. Tokoname
took advantage of its proximity to the sea and extended the market throughout
Japan by use of ships. A large amount of old Tokoname pottery was found in many
places in Japan.
You can see the pottery from those days at The Ceramic Art Institute. Although
it was made more than 900 years ago, it is very artistic and shows the dynamic
flashings and brightness from natural wood-ash glaze.
Tokoname ware has a long history and tradition which dates back from 900 years
ago. Redware was invented in the early 1800s. It developed with the production
of teaware like teapots and cups for green tea. Producing ceramic pipes,
bowls and jars has made Tokoname City prosperous. In the 1900s the mass production
was introduced which saw the establishment of production systems and improvement
Nowadays a wide range of ceramics from construction tiles and sanitary ware to table
ware, vases and art pottery is produced. The total annual production of the ceramic
industry has reached approximately \110 billion.
We will begin the Pottery Path walk now. This area flourished as the center of
the ceramic industry in the early and mid 1900s. They mainly produced ceramic
pipes, bowls and jars. There are some factories and potters'studios
which are still operating, but the number of them has declined compared with
that of its heyday.
Before we start, I'd like you to remember some important points. First,
when you enter workshops and factories, please say hello to the
people to get permission to go in. Always be polite and please don't touch works
and goods thoughtlessly at factories and studios. You may handle works and
products at stores and galleries, but please use care and hold them
with both hands.
There is the MAP of Pottery Path in this page.
And we have a explanation of the point where the number on the MAP.
Shall we start walking?
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