It is a ranking of “the traditional ceramic towns where fun to walk around”.
There are 3 blocks; South Area, Middle Area, North Area.
[South Area (Kyushu, Chugoku, Shikoku)]
#1 Arita ware (Arita, Saga Prefecture)
#2 Onnta ware (Hida, Oita Prefecture)
#3 Yomitann ware (Yomitann, Okinawa Prefecture)
#4 Imari ware (Imari, Saga Prefecture)
#5 Karatsu ware (Karatsu, Saga Prefecture)
[Middle Area (Kinki, Chubu)]
#1 Tanba ware (Shinoyama, Hyogo Prefecture)
#2 Seto ware (Seto, Aichi Prefecture)
#3 Shigaraki ware (Kouka, Shiga Prefecture)
#4 Mino ware (Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture)
#5 Tokoname (Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture)
[North Area (Kanto, Tohoku, Hokkaido)]
#1 Mashiko ware (Mashiko, Tochigi Prefecture)
#2 Kasama ware (Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture)
#3 Aizuhongou ware (Aizumisato, Fukushima Prefecture)
These ceramic towns have Japanese old structures and the sceneries are beautiful.
The number 1 from the South Area, Arita ware town is a perfect for shopping, sightseeing, and to experience ceramic.
The second ranked Seto from Middle area produces pottery and porcelain both.
There are dozens of ceramic stores along with a river. It’s also a good gourmet town.
The number 1 in the North Area, Mashiko has many younger ceramicists.
There are chic designed ceramics increasing in this town.
Reference: The Nikkei, September 12, 2009
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