The oldest ceramics in the Tohoku region, the tradition of Aizu Hongo-yaki ceramics dates back some 350 years ago to when Lord Hoshina Masayuki (1609-1672) of the Aizu clan invited to town ceramics artisans from the Seto area of Owari (now Aichi Prefecture). Enjoy hand-shaping and painting at
local kilns in Aizu Hongo. The "Setoichi" ceramics fair is held on the first Sunday of August every year, attracting many people looking for good buys and daily articles. Munakata kiln was started in 1718, also has Noborigama. This Noborigama is a oldest in Tohoku region, and largest in Japan.
Translates as "step-climbing kiln"—traditional Japanese multichamber downdraft/crossdraft climbing kiln, with initial firebox at bottom, and secondary fireboxes in each chamber. As kiln is fired, each chamber preheats the next.