A Celebration of Pottery every april
The Tajimi pottery festival was held on April 10 and 11 with good and attractions on display around our city. A large number of pottery lovers gathered to look through the stands crammed with all kinds of ceramics, including the Mino ware the area is famous for. Street performers lured large crowds, showing of everything from acrobatics and juggling to balance acts and musical performances. Tajimi is situated in the middle of the world's largest production area for ceramics, and vertically every kind of goods are produced here due to the very rich deposits of high quality clay.
The festival area is spread out from the station all the way to the old City Hall. There was a large variety of food stands, cafés and restaurants serving the visitors, and the beer was extra tasty in the warm spring day.
A new high-profile project to promote the city's proud ceramics tradition was present in the form of the four main characters in the upcoming animated series for TV, Yakunara Mug Cup Mo ("Let's make a mug cup too"). Look here for a collection of promotional films and trailers we have produced for the series.
There are plenty opportunities to be surprised when you stroll around the area (the walk from the station to the end of the festival area takes around twenty minutes). For example, when I stepped into one of the shops I discovered this beautiful garden at the back. There is also a café in the same shop with a view over the garden. I also discovered a table full of miniatures of historic, traditional pottery, and had a great conversation with the potter himself. The little plates are popular and sell for 3,000 yen a piece, he told me.
Hans o. Karlsson
Chief blogger for Tajimi Tourist Association.