Japan Kyushu Saga TRAVEL

Imari Okawachiyama Pottery | 2016

For our last stop — Day 2 , we visited Imari Okawachiyama Pottery. 大川内山, Ōkawachiyama is a small, quaint village in the mountains located just outside Imari Center. It is the first place in Japan to produce porcelain after the mineral essential to making porcelain was found in the area around 400 years ago.

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“The town of Arita and the isolated mountain village of Okawachiyama served as the two main sites of production, while Imari served as the port from where the finished products were shipped out.”

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Go with the flow.

Pottery / Porcelain stores are lined up on the side streets showcasing works of various artisans who honed their talent over the years in the small village.

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The Okawachiyama bridge decorated with porcelain tiles depicting dragons is a beautiful sight!

I love the tranquil vibe of the village.

 

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Japan is home to the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen!


After the short walk, you will reach the Pottery house.

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After the brief introduction, we went up to the production rooms.


 

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Now this is what I call a creative, beautiful mess.

AMAZING DETAILS. Concentration level = 100000

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Studies

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Stable hands! I wish I can still illustrate when I get to his age, such an inspiration!


After the production rooms, we were led inside a small room with the finished products.

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It takes a lot of layers of paint and heating to complete one piece.


Now for the fun part! We were allowed to paint out own ceramics!!! Another new first for me!

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Yuki’s finished product!

They have provided us with template / guides we can follow, hehe.

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My masterpiece (???). I tried, huhu.

Best in pottery painting award goes to… Saki-san!!!

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Day 2 entries, complete! How do you like the entries so far? Hope you enjoy viewing as much as I enjoyed taking them, hihi.


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