Shigarakiyaki or Shigaraki ware is a style of ceramics produced and sold in Koka City, Shiga Prefecture. Shigarakiyaki numbers among the Six Old Kilns of Japan alongside Seto, Tokoname, Echizen, Tamba, and Bizen. In the Muromachi and Azuchi-Momoyama periods, a good many fine articles were produced as tea ceremony utensils, influencing the spirit of wabi-cha (a simple, austere, frugal tea ceremony) as practiced by the tea master SEN no Rikyu. It has a characteristic rustic texture from its coarse clay. Its natural appearance, created by ashes from the kiln sticking to the surface, makes it highly attractive to the eye and pleasant to the touch. In modern times, raccoon dog statues and daily life items such as tiles, flower vases, and tableware are produced. The annual ceramics fair held in October is also very popular.
Koka City in Shiga Prefecture
Sights to See
Ceramics market in front of Shigaraki Station (The market has 36 shops selling ceramics, food, folk art, etc.)
Shiga Prefecture Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (The park has 3 facilities, and about 100 ceramic works are displayed across the park site.)
Photo Credit: Shigaraki-cho Tourist Association