Japanese traditional tableware MINO-YAKI by ale-net
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Minoyaki or Minoware refers to the great tradition and classical style of Japanese pottery. With a long history dating back over 1300 years, it is both an art form and a functional craft that produces practical items for daily use. It was certified as a traditional craftwork by The Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1978. Minoyaki is a broad term that encompasses several styles of pottery with diverse colors, finishes, and enamels. Some famous examples of Minoyaki are as follows: Hino-Yaki is rich black or brown, warm and earthy. Oribe-Yaki is fresh with dark greens and less constraints on the traditional design. Kiseto-Yaki is known for light yellow and intriguing washes of green paints. Setokuro is glossy and black, achieved with quick high temperature firings.
The Mino region
Minoyaki is of great cultural value
The name Minoyaki itself references the Mino region where it originated, located in the present-day Gifu Prefecture with high concentrations of Minoyaki artisans in Toki City, Tajimi City, Mizunami City, Kani City. Today the Mino region still produces over 50% of the pottery made in Japan. In the rich and complex world of Japanese arts and aesthetics, Minoyaki is of great cultural value.