Akahada Lantern

Akahada Lantern
In Naramachi, there is a small Akahada-yaki ceramic studio called Neiya Kobo. Located in a classic machiya style building, many kinds of Akahada-yaki ceramics are displayed, from traditional to contemporary. All the ceramics here are made by Takeda Takaaki, who has been active in the world of Akahada-yaki for about 20 years. After studying Akahada-yaki ceramics under a master-teacher for 12 years, he became independent and started his own studio in the Akahada area. Some years later, he decided to situate his studio in the historical Naramachi area in order to display his work and let local people and tourists alike see the beauty of Akahada-yaki. Visitors to Neiya Kobo can see not only classic Akahada-yaki, but also Takeda’s contemporary creations. One excellent example of this is the Toka-ki original design candle lantern. On a large Akahada-yaki ball (at least 20cm in diameter), he cuts in cherry blossom or bamboo patterns on the thin surface. Inside, the ball is hollow and a candle can be placed there. The result is that as the flame of the candle flickers, the light coming through the patterns casts elegant shadows on surrounding walls. The effect creates a romantic mood without electricity, as the candle light flickers, the shadows move.