The Storied Traditions of Tea Ceremony with a Modern Art Aesthetic
Yet another longstanding traditional art of Gifu Prefecture, Mino Yaki pottery is thought to have had its beginnings as a craft made in the eastern region of Gifu some 1,300 years ago, and it continues to dominate a large percentage of all ceramics production in the nation to this day. 400 years ago, the Momoyama period of Japan was a significant era of flourish for the arts, and the sudden upswing of popularity of the Japanese tea ceremony was accompanied by the emergence of several unique pottery styles, such as Setoguro, Kizeto, Shino, and Oribe. These were all considered subsections of “Mino Momoyama Pottery,” and the tradition of creating innovative, colorful ceramics has been passed down throughout the ages. In addition to typical Japanese ceramics such as cups, tea cups, and sake bottles, Mino Yaki artisans create everything from artistic interior decorations to fashionable accessories, and visiting the kilns and stores of different potters personally could also make for an interesting experience. There are also many locations where guests can engage in a variety of activities, painting designs onto pre-made items or making their own ceramics from scratch.