Kikuma-Gawara - Roof Tiles

Kikuma-Gawara - Roof Tiles
Ceramics of a different nature can be found at the seaside town of Kikuma, which has been engaged in traditional roof tile production for several hundreds of years. Kikuma-Gawara, as the local tile is known, is of such a high grade and deep silver color, it is even made by appointment to the Imperial Household in Tokyo.

You can sometimes see Onigawara (gargoyles roof tile) on the rooftops of houses in Japan. For a long time this has been one of the charms to keep away evil spirits. They usually glare at the sky from the rooftop. Onishi (artisans who making Onigawara) have kept its traditional crafting. They design Onigawara and manufacture them from clay, baking them themselves.