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Bankogamashoken Kiln Saga Prefecture Arita ware Bankogamashoken Kiln Saga Prefecture, Kyusyu

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Bankogamashoken Kiln is the place of ten minutes' drive from the Arita station, JR Sasebo Line, and is also ten minutes' drive from the Hasamiarita interchange of Nishi Kyushu expressway. It faces Prefectural Route 281, commonly called Sarayama-dori Avenue. That is the main street of annual Arita pottery festival where many tourists visit. Once the potter lived in Akae-machi to paint overglaze enamel for the Nabashima clan and the district of craftsmen is protected by Sueyama-shrine which worships Li Sampei who started making Arita ware. The atmosphere is still retaining as it used to be. Bankogamashoken Kiln was established in 1884, had named from the first generation potter's name. Arita's history comes along by the white plastered wall buildings. Ken-san is the fifth generation potter. The large plate hangs on top of the wall at the entrance, the name is "Peacock design in overglaze painting". The gallery is the right side of the pottery. Hisaki-san is also a ceramic artist and works are also displayed in the gallery. Overseas tourists visit the kiln to see a clear and soft expression of the glaze with excellent technique.

Address : 1-2-3 Akaemachi, Arita-cho, Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga 844-0006 Japan


Shomura-san is awarded the Medal with Yellow Ribbon for dedication to the pottery industry.
He has a skilled dyeing technique based on the Arita ware craftsmanship.

A new white porcelain of shirotaeji named by Hisaki-san.
Smooth and glossy texture like silk has been expressed with modern form.