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Kutaniyaki is a style of Japanese porcelain from Kutani (now part of Kaga), Ishikawa. The style is divided into two branches, Ko-Kutani (old Kutani) and Saiko-Kutani (new kutani). The ko-kutaniyaki is from the 17th and 18th centuries, where the Saiko counterpart is from the 19th century. Kutaniyaki is noted by the vivid dark colors that focus on grand designs. The colors are strong and bold, marked by the classical five colors known as gosai-de, comprised of red, blue, yellow, green, and purple. The designs that use these colors tend to be nature-themed, and cover the majority of the surface. There are multiple styles of glazing techniques, each giving the Kutaniyaki a beautiful finish.
One of the unique aspects to Kutaniyaki is the use of calligraphy called saiji. This miniature calligraphy style would include lines of poetry, written with great care and detail. The size of the calligraphy can be as small as three centimeters in diameter, highlighting just how important the smallest details are to this Japanese craft.
Kaburaki-Shoho, the first merchant trading in Kutani-ware, was founded in 1822, during the reign of Ienari, the 11th Tokugawa Shogun. Kutani-Ware Kaburaki-Shoho occupies one block of the Nagamachi Samurai District, an area strongly redolent of the old castle town of Kanazawa.
1-3-16 Nagamachi, Kanazawa,
Ishikawa 920-0865 Japan
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annual antique and crafts flea market held at Yoyogi Park
Exhibition of Japanese traditional art crafts, Kutaniyaki