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Introducing Aizu-Hongo Ware, a Traditional Japanese Craft!

This video, titled "【会津本郷焼】継承されていく伝統と歴史 /【Aizu Hongouyaki】The tradition and history that are passed down for generations," was created by "Aizu-Hongo Ware Association" (会津本郷焼組合). The video introduces the history and crafting process of the Aizu area's traditional craft, Aizu-hongo Ware.

The video is only 3 minutes long, so for those interested in Japanese traditional culture, how pottery is made, or just want to admire some beautiful works of art, definitely check it out!

The History of Aizu-Hongo Ware

Aizu-Hongo Ware originates from the town Aizumisato, near Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle in Fukushima Prefecture in the Tohoku region of Japan.

Aizu-Hongo Ware was already being created by the 16th century, leading to it being known as the oldest pottery tradition in Japan's Tohoku region.
The pottery pieces are made using high-quality Okubo clay.
The clay used for decorating the pieces is also made from materials gathered in the region.
This is one of the special characteristics of Aizu-Hongo Ware.

Aizu-Hongo Ware is created through traditional methods involving the use of a potter’s wheel, as shown from 1:19 in the video.
The high quality and exquisite beauty of the pieces has led to Aizu-Hongo Ware being designated a Traditional Craft of Japan.

How To Create Aizu-Hongo Ware

There are many kilns for making Aizu-Hongo Ware in the Aizu region.
The pieces created by the Kamomoto craftsmen are beautiful enough to be called works of art.

In the Aizu region, there are many pottery classes and pottery-making experiences available.
Through creating Aizu-Hongo Ware, you'll gain a deeper understanding of Japanese culture.

Besides visiting the Aizu region itself, you can also purchase pottery pieces online.
As shown from 2:26 in the video, there are various types of products that can be used in daily life, such as mugs, bowls, coffee cups, Japanese teacups and more. Be sure to check them out if you're interested.

Summary of Aizu-Hongo Ware

Aizu-Hongo Ware is a deep-rooted tradition of the Aizu region, with a long, rich history.
If you have the chance to visit Aizumisato, not only can you learn more about this traditional craft, but you can also view the beautiful Japanese landscapes of the region.

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture through Aizu-Hongo Ware!

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Sep. 15, 2020
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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Introducing Tohoku's Most Ancient Traditional Craft, Aizu-Hongo Ware. The Works, Made by Skilled Potters in Fukushima, Are More Than Mere Pottery - They're Works of Art!
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