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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Okayama

Bizen Yaki

Bizen Ware

Ceramics

The history of Bizen Yaki was old and has been already made in the Heian era. It is counted in one of Japanese six old kilns and is famous as earthenware (closely "se device ("se" fire strangely stone)") with the history of 1,000 years nationwide.

Bizen is one of Japan's six most famous kilns with a history going back some one thousand years to the Heian period (794-1185), when this ware was already in production.

Okayama

Katsuyama Take Zaiku

Katsuyama Bamboo Basketry

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Katsuyama Take Zaiku begins in 19 turns of the century, and it may be said that form as production center was regulated well in last years of Edo era.

Essentially speaking, Katsuyama Take Zaiku started at the beginning of the 19th century but became an established area of production at the end of the Edo Period (1600-1868), when baskets known as harisouke were made. These are thought to be associated with souke and meshizouke baskets that are still being made today and form the main bulk of production, which maintains the standards of a practical craft product throughout.