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Tsuboya Pottery District

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Published 12/10/2015

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More than 300 years of ceramic tradition are celebrated in this area behind Kokusai-dori's main drag. More than 20 workshops produce Okinawa's distinctive pottery, ranging from cheap souvenirs to special pieces for wealthy collectors. The famous Japanese potter Shoji Hamada came here in the 1920s and left with the inspiration for his notable works, but you may be more inspired by what you find in the nearby pottery museum than what you see on sale—some of the dishes and shisa statues can be kitschy, although the bits of broken pottery whimsically accenting walls and doorways in Gaudí-esque embellishment are a lot of fun.

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Naha, Okinawa, Japan

Published 12/10/2015


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