Tokoname is recognized as one of the six ancient kilns of Japan, with a ceramic history which spans over a thousand years.
The main ceramic productions are/were pipes, tiles, tea pots, and of course BONSAI POTS.
Thought I was Tokoname several times on a business trip, I have never enjoyed the sightseeing.
This time I could hit some sights that were very Tokoname.
|This is the very Tokoname view,the black walls of houses and factories.To keep termites, the walls are burned and painted with a tar to preserve the wood.|
|An chimney of old kiln closed.|
|My most favorite view of Tokoname. Just like a bonsai. A tree growing to that size on top of a kiln chimney.|
|The ceramic pipes were one of a main products of Tokoname.|
|The bonsai potter Hidemi Kataoka / Shuuhou|
|There are many molds in Hidemi's wokshop.|
Visit YUKIMONO store, and you can see many Hidemi Kataoka/Shuuhou bonsai pots.