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Take home an exquisite, elaborately detailed of Mikawachi
Visit one of the most renowned Mikawachi ware kilns
Try carefully taking it out your freshly fired pottery
Have an initial or your preferred year onto Mikawachi ware
A variety of luxurious dinner courses available as add-ons
What's included, what's not
Tour of Hirado Kohsyo Danemon Kiln with an English-speaking guide
Your finished Mikawachi ware in a wooden paulownia box
Transportation to and from the venue
Additional engravings on your Mikawachi ware
Dinner served on Mikawachi ware
Know Before You Book
If the host is unable to hold this activity on your preferred date, we will contact you to refund or reschedule
Each piece of Mikawachi ware is handcrafted and unique, so please understand that your finished Mikawachi ware may not look exactly the same as what you see in our photos. For example, the number of flowers, the placement, and/or the design may vary.
The size of the kiln used varies, and, in some rare cases, black spots or cracks may appear during the firing process. There will be no refunds or exchanges if your finished Mikawachi ware does not look exactly the same as the photos, and/or if there are imperfections
The following are available for booking as add-ons before check-out: additional engravings, as well as dinner courses (served on Mikawachi ware) at a luxury hotel in Sasebo
Participants must be aged 20 or older, but teens aged 13–19 may accompany participants for free. Children aged 0–12 are not allowed
What you can expect
Originating from the district of the same name in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Mikawachi ware is a type of high-quality porcelain that's distinguished by its underglaze cobalt blue design and intricate, finely crafted details.
The contrast between the simplicity of pure-white porcelain and striking designs makes Mikawachi ware a sight to behold. It's no wonder that Mikawachi ware has been loved by nobles and wealthy patrons — not only in Japan, but also all over the world — since ancient times.
In the Edo period (1603–1867), Mikawachi ware enjoyed the patronage of the Hirado domain (the former rulers of present-day Nagasaki), and these porcelain wares were occasionally offered as tributes to feudal lords and shoguns. This is why Mikawachi ware is also referred to as “Hirado ware.”
To this day, Mikawachi ware is still well-loved and regarded as a symbol of elegance and quality. Although the number of kilns in Mikawachi has decreased, the area is still known as a pottery district, with many skilled artisans continuing to create beautiful works.
In this activity, you'll visit a long-standing Mikawachi ware kiln that's now on its 18th-generation head. This kiln traces its origins to 1622, and has handed down irreplaceable techniques from generation to generation. Its pottery is known for having flowers and turnips as motifs.
The clan's ancestors considered turnips to be an auspicious symbol. About 400 years ago, the lord of the Hirado domain encouraged farmers to grow turnips in the hopes that their families would prosper and have lots of healthy children. Hirado turnips were associated with growth, health, and prosperity, so they became a symbol of good fortune. This is why this kiln uses turnips in many of its designs.
Additionally, when it comes to floral motifs, the kiln often uses chrysanthemums, a symbol of the Imperial Family. This kiln's Mikawachi ware is adorned with chrysanthemums via a technique called 'Hirado Kikka-kazari-zaiku.'
So prestigious is this kiln that it has presented its creations to the Japanese Imperial Family, as well as the Dutch Royal Family. It has also participated at exhibitions overseas, and it was appointed as a purveyor to Japan's Imperial Household Agency — an honor that the current clan head still holds today. And, just recently, one of the kiln's master artisans was designated an Intangible Cultural Property of Nagasaki Prefecture and Sasebo City.
Cleaning and safety practices
Enhanced cleanliness measures
- High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
- Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
- Contactless ticket redemption
- Personal protective equipment worn by staff
- Temperature checks given to staff
- Masks required
- Hand sanitizer provided