Touki Ichi 陶器市
Iron pots and earthen pots
Brought back from China in the 13th century by a craftsman by the name of KATO Shirozaemon, the techniques for creating ceramics had immense success in Japan. A wide variety of items are offered for sale each year during Touki-ichi, the Kyoto Pottery Fair.
At the beginning of August, it is not less than five hundred stalls that come to dispose of all kinds of bowls, vases, and other objects along the street Gojo-dori and the street Gojo-ohashi in Gojo-zaka Street. Refined and with subtle designs, Japanese ceramics are still very popular with the Japanese, used to serve distinguished dishes or for decoration.
The irregular shapes of certain pieces bear witness to a sense of naturalism characteristic of Japanese creations. The art of pottery experienced a boom in the 16th century as it was linked to the popularity growing for the tea ceremony served in beautiful bowls that must be turned in your hands three times to admire the work of the potter before consumption.
Thus throughout the Edo period (1603-1867), the daimyo (feudal lords) were numerous to promote the installation of potters on their land, encouraging the creation of truly Japanese pieces, emancipated from Chinese influence.
Address, timetable & access
Timetable5 min walk from Gojo station of the Karasuma line.
AccessAugust 9 and 10.