Kutaniyaki or Kutani ware is a style of iro-e (colored) porcelain produced and sold mainly in the southern part of Ishikawa Prefecture. Made from the beginning years of the Edo period, early pieces are called Ko-Kutani (old Kutani). In the Meiji period, representative pieces were submitted to the Vienna World Exposition of 1873, which proved to be the start of massive overseas exports and their acknowledgment as magnificent art objects. It is characterized by its overglaze enamel painting with fine depictions and daring compositions, and designs and patterns incorporating flowers, birds, or natural scenery, all making full use of just five colors: green, yellow, red, purple, and dark blue. The porcelain is well matched for serving Japanese cuisine, a presentation style recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage. The tableware designs incorporate auspicious and symbolic designs suitable for congratulatory, commemorative, or seasonal occasions.
Kanazawa, Komatsu, Kaga, and Nomi Cities in Ishikawa Prefecture
Sights to See
Kutani Porcelain Festival (About 50 shops of Kutani ware set up individual booths. More than 200,000 tourists visit the festival.)
Ishikawa Prefecture Kutaniyaki Art Museum (In the museum you can enjoy and appreciate the long and fascinating 350 year history of Kutani ware.)
Photo Credit: Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League