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International student's Japan experience report Tour of Seto city

Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum

The Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum was built in 1978 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the establishment of Aichi Prefecture. Beginning with Seto, this museum introduces the history of ceramics and porcelain in Japan, and the ceramics of the world. It is a base for a variety of cultural activities, such as a studio, where visitors can try their hand at creating their own ceramics, as well as being equipped with a teahouse where visitors can enjoy some green tea.

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The main hall of the Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum. From Jomon earthenware to modern ceramics, visitors can systematically learn about the history of Japanese ceramics, as well as view ceramic works from around the world. Perhaps here some hints can be picked up before tackling the creation of their own ceramics....

The volunteer English speaking guide, Hoshino-san joined the group’s tour. This made it easy to understand the explanation of difficult technical terms.

The Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum attracts many international visitors, so information is available in both Japanese and English.

The exhibition is arranged by period, progressing from the Jomon period through to modern day ceramics, and is viewed against a backdrop of the lifestyles of the times and the progression of culture etc.

All four are engrossed by Hoshino-san’s explanations. Miyako and Luis are very interested what an earthenware pot, with a diameter of approximately one meter, was used for. Hoshino-san explained: "It would have been used for storing water, or sake, or rice"

The display of ceramics from foreign countries includes pieces from the ceramics maker "Meissen," from Christine’s home country of Germany. Germany also has a long history of ceramics production, and Meissen is very popular. "But also expensive," says Christine.

Antonella seems to like the ceramics from the Edo period that have paintings applied by brushes. She says excitedly, "The plate with the picture of the tiger and the dragon is wonderful. I really want to buy something similar as a souvenir to take home with me!"

The Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum has an expansive lawn area behind it. The group takes a break after their tour and enjoys the natural beauty. Their conversation is dominated by ideas for their ceramic art creations that they will tackle in the afternoon.