Minoyaki is known as Japan's premier producer of ceramics.
These vessels are produced in the Tono region of Gifu Prefecture (Tajimi City, Toki City, Kani City, and Toki County). It is durable and easy to use, with a wide variety of designs. It is easy to match with any dish and blend in easily to your daily table to support your life.
Minoyaki production started 1300 years ago, and is still a part of people’s everyday lives
Its beginning was pottery as a work of art. Said to be the most magnificent type of ceramic in Japanese history, it was born in the Azuchi Momoyama period(1568-1598) and known as Momoyamato.
Tono Gifu Prefecture, with the creativity of the artisans, the pot has been created to represent Japan, such as the leading Japanese pottery, Kiseto, Shino and Oribe. In the Momoyama period during when the culture of tea pottery flourished, Minoyaki continued to be improved upon and has been loved as an art. With the passing of time, the need for the pottery decreased. At the lowest point of its decline, the Minoyaki artisans, in order to pass on the tradition and to make a living, started to produce ceramic ware for daily use. The artisans succeeded in mass-producing a variety of ceramic ware by continuous trial and error.
Minoyaki is a timeless art passed on through its tradition and technique. With passion, creativity and challenge, artisans work to make a smoother, high-quality and enhanced design, better for practical use. The uniqueness of Minoyaki will lead to the creation of the next generation of pottery.