Seto, located about 20km east of Nagoya, is a city of abundant history and culture, with beautiful scenery surrounded by lush green. It has been famous as the cradle of Japanese pottery since 1,300 years ago, and the name Setomono (Seto Pottery) has embedded deeply in the life of Japanese people as a word that represents daily china ware in Japan.
As a part of the site of “Expo 2005 Aichi Japan” held in 2005, many people, in unprecedented numbers, came to visit this city. Seto keeps on growing as a vibrant host city of a global event, and as a historical city dedicated to handing down traditional spirits of “Monozukuri” (manufacturing products) cultivated from the ancient times to the next generation.
Kamagaki means fences and walls made from recycled kiln furniture. Many kamagakis, old and new, can be seen in Horamachi.
Every year, Setomono Fair is held in September on the second Saturday and Sunday along the Setogawa River, with about 300 pottery shops lining side by side. Some 500,000 people come to enjoy the splendid event from around the country.
Seto-yaki pottery (Oribe)
Oribe is one of the seven Tsumigis (pongees) of traditional art craft, Akatsu-yaki, and was introduced to this world as the favorite pottery of Furuta Oribe, a master of tea ceremony in the Momoyama Era (1568 - 1598)
* Photographs provided by: Seto Tourist Association References: Seto City official Web page/ Seto Tourist Association Web page
Seto City official Web page