Indispensable Ware for The Local Cuisine
Published: January 31, 2011
How many types of Japanese porcelain do you know of? Imari-Yaki, made in Saga? Bizen-Yaki, from Okayama? Kyo-Yaki, originating in Kyoto? We have so many, so you can’t expect me to count them all! Although each has their own designs or paintings, I prefer old Imari, called “Ko-Imari”, and the Kutani with arabesque design, but that’s just my opinion.
Kutani-Yaki is the porcelain made in Ishikawa. When you ask about local cuisine here, you’ll know that this ware is indispensable for it. It’s named after the village, Kutani-Mura, where it was originally made. Although the industry started around 1655, the kiln suddenly closed 50 years later. The blue-green color is the feature of the old Kokutani or Ko-Kutani, and the design was avant-garde at that time. Speaking of which, I don’t have any doubts that Ishikawa is the home of Ko-Kutani but it’s actually somewhat of a controversy. Some say that they were made in Arita, Saga. Others say they are definitely from Kaga, Ishikawa. We will see!
Later in 1807, with the Kasugayama-Gama kiln in Kanazawa as a start, some other porcelain places opened in the Kaga region. The Kaga lord banned porcelain imports from other countries, in order to encourage the demand domestic products. During this renaissance era, many styles of Kutani-Yaki were created, such as Kyo-Fu from Kasugayama-Gama, Arita-Fu from Wakasugi-Gama and Ko-Kutani-Fu from Yoshidaya-Gama.
Here are some of the defining characteristics
of different types of porcelain.
Kutaniyaki Speciality Shop
Tosho Taiga [陶匠大雅]
Kutaniyaki specialty shop under direct management of pottery. It's located near spa towns in Kaga city. From everyday wares to splendid ones made by artists, they have a large choice of the porcelain.
Ho-1-1, Nakadai-Machi, Kaga City
Tel 0761-77-5599 / Fax 0761-77-5595 / E-mail
Open: 8:30～18:00 / Closed: Wednesdays / Credit cards: Most accepted / Languages: Japanese spoken