(Mashiko ware)

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History (Origins)

Near the end of the Edo Period (1600–1868), Otsuka Keisaburo constructed a kiln following his training in Kasama. This is believed to be the origin of Mashiko-yaki.

Characteristics (Techniques and Materials)

This pottery is made using clay from Mashiko and features kaki-yu and namijiro-yu glazes unique to the area. The glaze is poured on liberally and other traditional techniques used to give this ware a strong-feeling beauty and warm feel to the touch. Mashiko-yaki received the Nationally Designated Traditional Craft Product designation in 1979.


Minister of Economy,Trade and Industry designated traditional crafts
Designated on August 3, 1979. Produced under the Mashiko-yaki Cooperative

Traditional Craft Promotional Video

Contact Information

Mashiko-yaki Cooperative
4352-2, Mashiko, Mashiko-machi Haga-gun, Tochigi, 321-4217
TEL: +81-285-72-3107


Additional Remarks : Mashiko-yaki Cooperative

Mashiko-yaki has devoted fans everywhere thanks to its simple beauty and warm feel to the touch. Increasing numbers of people are taking part in hands-on Mashiko-yaki crafting experiences.

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