The Yayoi period saw a great transition from a hunter-gatherer society to an agrarian society. In contrast to the decorative ceramics of the preceding Jōmon period, Yayoi culture oriented toward functionality and uniformity, the clean-cut form and patterns being major characteristics of products from this period.
This style was the source of the traditional Japanese aesthetic, but still feels modern to us today.
This exhibition looks at the design and aesthetics of the Yayoi period, turning the spotlight on the form, color, imagery and patterns of the period's ceramic, stone, wooden, bone and metal implements. A rare opportunity to see major artifacts unearthed in recent years together in one exhibition, while focusing on design and aesthetics, this is an exhibition without precedent.
When: Until Sun. 13 Dec. (9:30 - 16:30; Last entry 30 minutes before closing.) Closed Mondays (open 23 Nov.), Tue. 24 Nov.
Where: Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum (愛知県陶磁美術館), Seto City (瀬戸市)
Access: A 600-meter walk from Tōjishiryōkan Minami Sta. (陶磁資料館南駅, L08) on the Linimo (リニモ) Line.
Admission: General admission 900 Yen; University & Senior HS students 700 Yen; Junior HS students & younger free; Discount available for holders of a Certificate of Disability and one accompanying person (conditions apply; see website for details). (Prices include admission to the permanent exhibit.)
Top: Palace-style urn
Hachiōji Archaeological Site, Ichinomiya City, Aichi
Collection of Ichinomiya City Museum
Bottom left: Decorative wooden object
Sendai / Nomi Archaeological Site, Komatsu City, Ishikawa
Held by Ishikawa Archaeological Foundation
Bottom right: Decorative wooden object pattern analysis diagram
Diagram by Higami Noboru
Images courtesy of Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum