Mashiko in Tochigi Prefecture is said to have the largest production base for Japanese folk ceramics. Supposedly, in Kaei 6 (1853), Otsuka Keizaburo brought back techniques he learned at kilns in the nearby Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, and started making ceramics in Mashiko. At first, it was a local kiln that produced mostly everyday sundries such as hydria, brazier and pot. After the War, influenced by Hamada Shoji who started creating ceramics locally, Mashiko grew rapidly and began making various folk ceramics focusing around containers and vessels for daily use. Many artists and workers were influenced by Hamada. Toady Hamada-esque tableware has become synonymous as Mashiko ceramics, and the reputation of Mashiko as a major production area of ceramics is spreading nationwide.