Potter takes up 'unfinished' Arita tradition

Mar 31, 2014

Potter takes up 'unfinished' Arita tradition

by Ayano Shiraishi

Sakaida Kakiemon XV first took on the challenge of producing Arita pottery in Saga Prefecture at the age of 26, when he finally decided to learn how to use a potter’s wheel. The 45-year-old assumed the title in February after his father, Kakiemon XIV, ...

Go potter in Mashiko

Mar 22, 2014

Go potter in Mashiko

by Stephen Mansfield

If a visitor to Mashiko had any doubts about the town’s dedication to pottery, the giant, iconic stoneware jar that stands near the station ticket barrier, would dispel them. Exiting the station, the large photographic images hanging on the walls — some representing renowned ...

Camera artist casts new light on Jomon millennia

Sep 28, 2013

Camera artist casts new light on Jomon millennia

by Edan Corkill

The Jomon Period of Japanese history is so shrouded in the mists of time that any bid to fathom its secrets stretches even the usual bounds of prehistoric archeology. Yet as amateurs and experts alike have continued unearthing examples of Jomon pottery and stone ...