A trip to search for Okinawa Pottery "Yachimn (Yakimono)"

A trip to search for Okinawa Pottery "Yachimn (Yakimono)"
OkinawaTraveler Editor

In Okinawa, pottery is called "Yachimun" (pottery). Okinawa and pottery have a deep history and trace dates back to the 15th century. There are potteries that have been around for more than 300 years, and there are areas where potteries gathered and created as one city. The culture is still continuing.

Traditional craft inherited. Okinawa's pottery "Yachimun"

Yachimn_North Kiln Joint Shop

In recent years, reasonable and easy-to-use pottery, which is far from the image of luxury goods, has become a boom. The works of artists who have inherited the tradition and the works of young artists incorporating new perspectives have different tastes and themes.
Yachim's traditional patterns include fish, peony, shrimp and arabesque, and the wish of richness and prosperity of descendants. Some of the works that focus on traditional techniques can be differently depending on the angle, and you can enjoy all expressions.
The characteristics of the works of young artists are various, and works inspired by tradition, such as polka dotted cups and plates that are called dotted, rice bowls with classical patterns arranged in a modern style, are unique but familiar with life. is.

Yachimu_ Gallery Utsuwa Family Tsunehide Studio

Okinawan pottery shops and select shops are concentrated in places where potters are located, so if you walk around the city, you will be able to find interesting discoveries and special vessels. Don't hesitate to buy it if you think "this is cute!"

Search for Yachimmun in Naha City-Tsuboya Yachimmun Street~


Tsuboya Yachimmun Dori is a 5-minute walk from Naha City Public Market to Himeyuri Street.
This is the birthplace of Okinawa's Yachimmun, a place that can be said to be the source of origin. It is thought that Okinawa's pottery was derived from Tsuboya to various places, and potteries and workshops that have inherited the tradition are gathered.

Tsuboya_Yachimmun Dori

Tsuboya Yachimmun Street is characterized by cobblestones, and when the shop with Shisa on the red tile roof and the clear sky match, you will feel like you lost in a nostalgic and other space. You. There are also select shops, workshops, and cafes of Hayachimn, so it is a perfect area for exploring and relaxing.

At Aragaki Toen, a shop located on such quaint Tsuboya Yachimmun Street sells many works created by traditional craftsmen.

Yachimmun's cup_Aragaki Toen
Yachimmun's dish _ Aragaki Toen
Yachimmun's cup_Aragaki Toen
Yachimmun's dish _ Aragaki Toen

There are also unusual colors such as dishes with fish and arabesque patterns that image colorful tropical countries, as well as turquois blue mugs reminiscent of the Okinawan sea.

Experiencing garden

This is a workshop where you can experience pottery where you can forget your time and enjoy playing with the earth.

Experience at Ikuyuen Garden

At a tasteful red tile house, you can experience a full-fledged experience using the same materials such as tools and soil used by Yachimman craftsmen. Even beginners and children are safe because the staff will be attached one by one and will guide you carefully.
※The work you experience will be baked and sent in up to two and a half months later.

Search for Yachimun in Yomitan Village-Yachimmun no Sato

Yachimmun no Sato is located in Yomitan Village, located in central Okinawa Prefecture. As the name implies, it is an area where potters (author) gathers, and the more famous it is as a tourist spot.

climbing kiln in Yachimun no Sato_Yomitan Village

Even if you don't have the taste or knowledge of pottery and pottery, you can see Yomitan's "climbing kiln" in Yomitan.
There are several grilled kilns with round clouds staircases under Okinawan tiled roofs like Okinawa. It is installed to climb a slope from the middle, and from this shape it has come to be called climbing kiln.
There are four climbing kiln in total, and different potters create attractive works several times a year.

There are many workshops and shops that also serve as galleries around Yachimmunnosato, and the Yachimmun, which we handle, is full of the artist's individuality, and I won't get tired of watching.

Yomitan-yaki north kiln was jointly opened by four potters in 1922.
Next to it, the Yomitan Yamayaki Kita Kiln Stand" next to it, everyday vessels that may add the warmth of Okinawa to the dining table.

Appearance of Yomitan Yamayaki North Kiln Shop
Internal view of Yomitan Yamayaki North Kiln Shop
Appearance of Yomitan Yamayaki North Kiln Shop
Internal view of Yomitan Yamayaki North Kiln Shop

We also recommend the "Gallery Utsuwa House", which is attached to the workshop of Tsunehide Shimabukuro, whose father is Tsuboya ware master craftsman Tsunee Shimabukuro.

Appearance of Gallery Utsuwa House
Yachimn_Gallery Utsuwa House

Works that incorporate various techniques while maintaining tradition are characterized by many gentle patterns that seem to be compatible with any dish.

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