Visit the Ceramic Park in Tajimi to view and buy exquisite pottery. Prices range from a few dollars to tens and thousands of dollars. May 3rd - 6th, 10:00 - 17:00. There is also a very nice exhibition of Danish design, focused on furniture (and there is ceramics as well). See our news article here.
Get information on the Museum, access, etc. here.
View a nice panorama exhibition photo here :-).
Access information for Tajimi here.
The largest collection of Danish furniture ever exhibited in Japan is now on display at Ceramic Park in Tajimi. The exhibition is focused on furniture, but there also ceramics, cutlery, light fixtures - even bicycles! Rare antiques as well as recent designs are exhibited.
The exhibition opened on April 21 and lasts until June 17 (Sun). Recommended!
DIRECTIONS to: The Mino Ceramic Art Museum
〒507-0801 Gifu-ken, Tajimi-shi, Higashimachi, 1 Chome, 岐阜県多治見市東町1丁目9−27
Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/CqmU3BEGapM2
The 20-year olds in Tajimi celebrated their coming-of-age last Sunday in the Bunkakaikan great hall. We wanted to share the view of all the pretty kimonos with you! Best viewed in VR :-)
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This weekend pottery events are taking place all around Tajimi city. Leading potters are exhibiting their wares, which are also available for purchase. Many of the events are held near Tajimi JR station. Don't miss this opportunity to see some of the finest pottery in Japan!
Dates: 7th, 8th and 9th of October.
Time: 9:30 - 16:00
Program pamphlets available at the station.
Google map link to Tajimi Station here.
Event home page lives here.
After two rainy days the sun shone gloriously on the participants of the Tajimi Mino ware/sake festival at the North Exit of Tajimi Station, by the new park built there. Participants of the event Monday, September 18, could choose from a large variety of Mino ware sake cups as well as sake from a record number of local breweries.
Gifu Prefecture is well known for its excellent sake, and the Mino area in Gifu is a famous production centre for Mino ware. This event allowed participants to experience both. We recommend a visit to a local pub to enjoy both the beauty of Mino ware as well as local sake. A half hour train ride from Nagoya will take you there.
"Where mino ware ceramics and japanese sake meets"
A Mino ware ceramics/sake event will be held on September 16 (Sat) - 18 in Tajimi, at the Koei Tosui Square, 1 minutes walk from the train station.
You will be able to enjoy sake from Tajimi, Toki, Mizunami, Ena, Nakatsugawa, and Kani, all cities in the traditional Mino area in Gifu Prefecture. It's a rare occasion where you can drink sake from so many local breweries - 10 to be precise.
The Tile Coins are use to pay for the drinks in the event space.
The Starter Set includes 8 Tile Coins, a Mino ware sake cup of your choice, and yawarigi water (to soften the intoxication).
People who pre-order will also receive a Japanese tenugui hand towel.
The Trial Set includes 3 tile coins
The Additional Coin Set includes 5 extra tile coins.
Organiser: Tajimi Machitsukuri Ltd.
You can pre-order the Starter Set by mail (email@example.com) or phone (0572-23-2636), or order on the Web (https://kokeitosui.thebase.in/)
Please your name, telephone number and the number of event tickets you wish to order.
We are visiting Stockholm September 5 - 6
Discover Tajimi's editor Hans Karlsson is visiting Stockholm September 5 - 6. You are welcome to mail him if you would like to meet. Please use the contact form on this site. See you there!
The International Ceramics Festival Mino Executive Committee has announced the winning artworks of "11th International Ceramics Competition Mino".
All award winners and honorable mentions will be displayed in an exbitition at the Ceramics Park MINO from September 15th, 2017.
If you are interested in Mino ware, you may also enjoy our new article "The Story of Mino Ware (Part 1).
A video introduction to a new log house café in the mountains of Tajimi.
Cafe montana - a relaxing space in the mountains of Tajimi - opens to the public on August 22.e
The café is located near the strawberry and blueberry fields of Tsuzuhara, and the berries will be an important part of the menu in desserts and juices once they have been harvested. The area also provides a rich variety of vegetables. Breakfast will be one of the café's big sales points, as well as a delicious lunch. Breakfasts in the area are huge, cheap, and great value for money, compared to Tokyo, for example!
Business hours from September 01: 06:30 - 16:00.
Locate on Google Maps, here.
An article about how to navigate away from the crowds that are even starting to invade rural Japan.
In a humorous article for the Atlantic by an “old Japan hand”, Charles C. Mann, the author lists three Laws for how not to travel in Japan:
During a trip in 2006 in Shikoku - during Golden Week - he tested the Laws, and found that Law No. 1 is “definitely not true”, Law No. 2 is “definitely true”, and Law No. 3 is “slightly true”.
As a proponent of travel to rural Japan, I have to disagree with his conclusion on Law No. 3. The Law is not even “slightly true”! :-)
As Mann notes, many foreigners who have visited rural Japan finds it to be “as free of English speakers as, say, the Ozarks are of Japanese speakers. You will get lost, is the advice. Terribly, terribly lost.”
That is the idea behind Law No. 3. No English, no fun. But Law Number 1 (Do Not Rent a Car) is, as we shall see, also related to this. I have to tell you, Mr Mann’s article has gotten a little outdated here. The real reason for Rule No. 1, he says, is the terrible maps car rental companies will give you. Not only will you get lost because people can’t speak English, but because Japanese road maps are incomprehensible. Well, this was 2006. Now we have Google/Apple Maps, and they get smarter every day!
New Law No. 3: Do Definitely Go Into Rural Japan, Rent a Car if You Like, But Make Sure to Use Google Maps
Otherwise you may get lost. Terribly, terribly lost.
On the other hand, getting lost in a controlled way is fun! Just make sure to have a back-up plan - Google Maps in your pocket. As Mann says himself:
“Law No. 2 (Avoid Golden Week) is definitely true. But we had a terrific time nonetheless.”
They got to Japan during Golden Week, got lost, suffered from communication mix-up, and yet they had a blast on the countryside. I believe the only Law they shouldn’t have broken was the Golden Week one. So, what is “Golden Week”? It is the time of the year when many Japanese workers get about a week off around the end of April and beginning of May. Everything and everywhere is crowded, crowded, crowded. Still, the Mann family had a “terrific trip”, in spite of the bad timing, the state of the average English proficiency level in rural Japan, and the bad map.
Imagine if he had used Google Maps! A thing that will recommend the best route, guide you there in real time, and even talk! It will save your bacon, but there is one vital thing to remember here: Even today, you will probably have trouble accessing the Internet in Japan with your phone. So, Law number 3 needs to be modified:
Modified New Law No. 3: Do Definitely Go Into Rural Japan, Rent a Car if You Like, But Make Sure to Use Google Maps on a Mobile Phone That Can Connect to the Internet.
This will mean you need to rent a mobile wi-fi router. Just search for “wi-fi rental Japan” and you will find page after page listing rental services. Do this before you travel here!
Now, there is an even easier way to get around Laws No. 1 and 3: Go by taxi. On this site, you will find Googe Map links for every important listing, as well as the Japanese place names/business names, along with the English ones. Just show this to the taxi driver, and access the map to guide him if you need.
In summary, you should definitely break Law No. 3, but remember, even rural Japan is getting crowded these days. So here is another hint: Let’s say you want to travel to Gifu Prefecture, to experience authentic, rural Japan. Great choice! Now, Google for “travel in Gifu”, and you’ll find lots of established travel advice sites. Some list hundreds of comments and reviews of various sight-seeing spots.
Now, you are not going to be the first foreigner to visit those places. In fact, you’ll run into other foreign tourists all over the place, lining up to buy street food, endure the crowds in the souvenir shops. Who needs souvenirs anyway? If you truly want to experience authentic Japan, go somewhere not listed prominently in those guides. With the publishing of discovertajimi.com, you now have access to plenty of guidance in English to a place that is still not exploited by the tourism industry, yet accessible in terms of information. Explore this site, take your time. You can even explore the town in VR.
So, come to Tajimi, lose the crowds, break the Third Law of Tourism, and get lost! When you feel you need a helping hand, we’ll have you covered.