南山大学

 

International student's Japan experience report Tour of Seto city

Nanzan University is located in the city of Nagoya. International students of "The Center for Japanese Studies," or CJS, explore places of interest in and around the city, experiencing things such as Japan’s history, traditions, economy and subcultures.

Tour of Seto city

Introducing the Students

Antonella Celestina Scafone
Rome
Italy

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Christine Jesche
Berlin
Germany

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Miyako Akina Fuqua
Indiana
United States of Amarica

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Luis Carlos Vargas
Kansas
United States of America

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Introducing a "Nature & Monozukuri" Tour of Seto City

Seto City, the home of Nanzan University's Seto Campus, is located in the northeast of Aichi Prefecture, about one hour from Nagoya by car, and is a city with a wealth of natural attributes. It has long been a center for the production of ceramics and porcelain, so much so that the words “Seto-mono” (Seto ware) in Japanese are synonymous with ceramics. Also, the Expo 2005 Aichi held in 2005 featured a pavilion that showed visitors from all around the world the traditions and history of ceramics and the importance of protecting the environment. On this tour, we visit a museum and discover the history of ceramics and porcelain, tour ceramic production areas, and have a go at creating our very own ceramics. We also visit scenic spots around Seto City and enjoy the beautiful autumn colors.

"Monozukuri" means having the spirit to produce excellent products and the ability to constantly improve a production system and process.

seto city map Iwayado Park Kamagaki-no-Komichi Creating Ceramic Art Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum

Touring Route.

9:00 / Depart from Nanzan University's Nagoya Campus.

From Nagoya, Seto City can be accessed by "Linimo", the magnetic levitation rail line which was built for the Expo 2005 Aichi, or by train, but today we'll travel by bus. It is the first visit to Seto for all four, who are all extremely keen - "We can't wait to try ceramic art!" At last they set off, as excited as they could be.


10:00 / (1) Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum (Map 1)

The Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum allows an appreciation of many aspects of ceramics, such as the history of Japanese ceramics from Jomon earthenware to modern ceramic art, international ceramics, and modern works of ceramic art. A volunteer English speaking guide leads the group through the Center.

Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum


12:00 / (2) "Kamagaki-no-Komichi" (Map 2)

In olden days, Hora-cho prospered as a major production base of ceramics. The group wanders slowly along this "Kamagaki-no-Komichi" pathway that once saw the comings and goings of the craftsmen and their products, and is still brimming with their aura.

"Kamagaki-no-Komichi"


14:00 / (3) Creating Ceramic Art (Kitagama Kasen) (Map 3)

The main event of this tour – creating ceramics. We take up the challenge of creating our very own ceramics with a potter’s wheel at a studio located in the Akazu district. This district is well known as the place where, during the Edo Period, the Owari Tokugawa clan ordered a kiln to be established.

Creating Ceramic Art


16:30 / (4) Iwayado Park (Map 4)

Iwayado Park is situated within the Aichi Highlands Quasi-National Park, and is a popular scenic spot, with something different to enjoy in each season, from cherry blossoms in the springtime, to the colored leaves of autumn. This tour took place in November. Everyone enjoyed the vivid autumn colors of the maples and ginkgo trees.

Iwayado Park


18:30

And so our tour of four locations came to a close. The four participants agree, "It went so quickly."