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Kyoto’s inner-city areas of Kiyomizu and Gojo in Higashiyama Ward were home to Kiyomizu ware until after World War II, when rapid economic growth brought drastic changes to Japanese society. It became difficult for ceramicists to expand their work studios, and concerns were raised over the smoke pollution from kilns. To find ways to further develop their industry, artisans created Kiyomizuyaki Danchi, a large industrial/residential complex in Yamashina Ward, which still exists today.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the complex, this show traces how ceramicists have struggled to keep their art and tradition alive through various transitions in Japan; till Sept. 19.

The Museum of Kyoto; (075) 222-0888; Sanjo Takakura, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi; 3-min. walk east of Karasuma Oike Station (Exit 5), Karasuma and Tozai lines. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. ¥500. Closed Mon., open Sept. 19. www.bunpaku.or.jp.

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