Tour de Nippon
Located in the southern part of Shiga Prefecture, Shigaraki is surrounded by hills on all sides, but has long been an important transportation hub connecting the Kinki and Tokai regions. The combination of the high quality clay and the proximity to Kyoto and Nara (where the tea ceremony culture flourished) led to its development as a production center for Shigaraki ware. Shigaraki ware has a rich variety of forms and expressions, ranging from vessels, flowerpots, chairs, tiles, and even raccoon dog figurines. In such a place of craftsmanship, there are people who go beyond the potter’s wheel to reconstruct tradition and nature. We are off on a journey to meet people full of such creative spirit.