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The Landscape of Tokoname

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Over the course of its 900 long years of history, the main products of Tokoname’s ceramics industry—from storage pots and pipes to architectural ceramics—varied along with the times. During the Meiji and Showa eras, Tokoname was called the “ceramic pipe city.” Walking through the city, one can see ceramic pipes and shochu bottles used as retaining walls. The prosperity of previous eras is thus discernable today.

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