A good place to start a tour of Tokoname kilns is Marutatu Isomura Shouten. It’s a warehouse full of Tokoname bonsai pots from different makers.
Upstairs in the Marutatu warehouse
Most of the smaller pots are downstairs.
Small pots at Marutatu
From there, you can visit nearby kilns like Ikko.
Pots on display at the Ikko kiln
And not far away is the kiln where Yamaaki bonsai pots were made.
First generation Yamaaki pots
Another great kiln to visit is Reiho. There you are likely to see Reiji Matsushita and his wife at work.
Refining the lip on a deep pot
Getting the finish right
Freshly built pot
After making drainage holes
Adding the chop
Wood stamp with Reiho chop
Ceramic guide to Reiho chops
Walking around the building, one can see completed pots in a great variety of sizes, shapes and colors.
Glaze ingredients are also on display.
And in an adjacent building, the kiln itself.
I could easily spend several days enjoying the pots of Tokoname, but was very happy with a single day seeing as much as possible.
Next up, a visit to several azalea growers.
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