Ceramics, 6 chopsticks rest from Japan's 6 oldest kilns, set of 6, and Bizen fish (very real!) chopsticks from Tamano City, Okayama, set of 5
6 oldest kilns : Bizen-yaki, Tanba-yaki, Echizen-yaki, Shigaraki-yaki, Tokoname-yaki, Seto-yaki
According to archeological evidence, Japanese pottery is among the earliest in the world, dating back to the 11th millennium BC, marking the beginning of the Jomon-era. From the beginning of the following Yayoi-era around 300 BC, with the introduction of continental technologies like the cultivation of rice, Japanese pottery was heavily influenced by other countries over the ages. However, people came to develop styles peculiar to Japan. Nowadays, there are many types of Japanese pottery. Each area has its own unique style. The modern history of Japanese pottery is closely related to that of the tea ceremony.
• Bizen-yaki: Produced in Okayama prefecture. Also called Inbe-yaki. A reddish-brown pottery, which is believed to have originated in the 6th century.
• Shigaraki-yaki: A high-fired unglazed ware famous for its ash deposits and distinctive forms. Originating around the 12th century, Shigaraki ceramics is thought to have begun in the waning years of the Kamakura-era (1192-1333). Not until the tea masters of the Muromachi-era (1336-1568) and the Momoyama-era (1568-1603) favored these natural wares did they develop into one of Japan's most loved ceramic styles.