The ceramic ware of the Seto and Mino districts has a history of more than a thousand years, and the neighbouring districts have a long interaction. Porcelain production was introduced to Seto from Arita in the early 19th century, and soon spread to Mino, developing greatly to meet the demand for daily necessities in markets such as Nagoya and Edo. In the Meiji period, as production and distribution left the control of the Owari domain authorities, under which they had been collectively labelled Seto-yaki (Seto ware), both Seto-yaki and Mino-yaki came into their own distinct identities.
As Western techniques such as the use of cobalt oxide for decoration, and casting, were actively adopted, quality was enhanced and products became works of art, with porcelain products for export enjoying great success.
This exhibition presents the beauty of early modern Seto-yaki and Mino-yaki which captivated the world with its outstanding techniques.
When: Until Sun. 13 Jun. (10:00 - 17:00; Last entry by 16:30) Closed Mondays (or the following business day if it falls on a national holiday).
Where: Yokoyama Art Museum (横山美術館), Higashi Ward (東区)
Access: A 4-minute walk from Shinsakae-machi Sta. (新栄町駅, H11) Exit 1 on the Subway Higashiyama Line (地下鉄東山線) or Takaoka Sta. (高岳駅, S06) Exit 3 on the Subway Sakura-dori Line (桜通線).
Admission: General admission 1,000 (800) Yen; University & Senior HS students, Seniors (over 65) 800 (600) Yen; Junior HS students 600 (400) Yen; Holders of a Certificate of Disability 700 (500) Yen; Elementary school students and younger free. Prices in ( ) are for groups of 20 or more.
Website: https://www.yokoyama-art-museum.or.jp/ (Japanese)