Mino ware

Mino ware

Mino ware (美濃焼-Mino Yaki-) is pottery No. 1 market share in Japan.

Mino ware refers to pottery made mainly in eastern Gifu Prefecture in the towns of Tajimi, Toki, Mizunami, and Kani. Presently, Mino ceramics accounts for around 50% of the total production of ceramics in Japan. 

Mino ware has a long history of about 1300 years.

The origin is said to be from the Sue pottery of the Nara period and it reached its height in the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The technology has continued to evolve from the Nara period to present day and has become an indispensable part of the Japanese dining tableware. 

Mino ware has been said to have no characteristics. It can be rephrased as "characteristically agnostic." Mino ware, which is not bound by its characteristics, should be able to play an active role in various situations without choosing a dish, fits well into modern dining tables. Tea bowls for the common people, tea utensils for military commanders and townspeople, daily miscellaneous goods, and accessories such as earrings and necklaces have been made in modern times, and they are close to people's lives in various ways according to demand.

The most famous one is “Toki Minoware”. 

 "Toki Mino Yaki Festival" is one of the three major pottery festivals in Japan. Since it is held in Toki City, which is said to be the number one producer of ceramics in Japan, there are a wide variety of products such as Shino and Oribe, which are representative of Mino ware. Most of them are in a more reasonable price range than usual, but the quality is first-class. You can also expect it to be an opportunity to get a coveted gem. 

There are many variations of Mino ware, of course we also carry many products with Mino ware, such as plates, cups, bowls and more!  You will surely find the perfect one for your needs!

Back to blog