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Japanese Tea & Hikidashi-Guro Ware in Toki, Gifu Prefecture

By Voyagin
Price was undefined, price is now £219
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3h+
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Highlights

  • Visit Shinzangama pottery studio in Toki City, Gifu Prefectu

  • Learn about Mino ware culture and its origins in Gifu Prefec

  • Finish a Hikidashi-guro ware tea bowl yourself

  • Relax with Japanese tea in a traditional old house using you

  • Alternatively, take a Japanese tea ceremony lesson with opti

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Station pick-up: Tokishi Station or Tajimi Station

  • What's included

    Japanese tea and sweets

  • What's included

    Hikidashi-guro ware tea bowl

  • What's excluded

    Tea ceremony with a professional teacher

  • What's excluded

    Kimono rental

Know Before You Book

  • In case you book the add-on with a tea ceremony lesson, the activity needs to start one hour earlier in the morning slot (at 9:00 am).

What you can expect

At Shinzangama in Toki City, watch an artisan remove a Hikidashi-guro tea bowl from the kiln. In this activity, you will be the one quickly dunking the piece in water to cool it, causing it to blacken.

The red hot tea bowl pulled straight from the kiln fire will suddenly blacken before your very eyes as you rapidly cool it in water. As this technique is currently mostly practised by a small number of artisans in Gifu Prefecture, this activity is a rare experience.

During the activity, you will also learn about the culture and origins of Mino ware as well as how the Japanese incorporate Mino ware in their daily lives. To make this activity more meaningful, you will experience drinking tea from the tea bowl that you cooled down.

After you have cooled your tea bowl, you will move to a traditional Japanese tea room on the grounds of Shinzangama to learn how to drink Japanese tea and eat Japanese sweets.

Alternatively, the Hikidashi-Guro Ware, Japanese Tea & Tea Ceremony Lesson option includes a Japanese tea ceremony lesson taught by a professional tea master. This option also includes a kimono hire. If you wish to wear a kimono during your tea ceremony lesson, please indicate your height in centimetres and size (small, medium, or large) at checkout.

Hikidashi-Guro Ware
Hikidashi-guro ware fits nicely with the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi—an acceptance of transience and imperfection. Hikidashi pottery was initially considered worthless; useful only for determining whether glazed pottery inside the kiln had reached the desired temperature. Before the invention of pyrometers, potters customarily placed hastily thrown, valueless pottery (often marked by debris or fingerprints, etc.) near a blast hole to measure the temperature inside the kiln.

During a firing, potters would quickly open the kiln to extract this piece of pottery using long metal tongs that also left a mark on the pottery. Quickly shutting the kiln door, the potter would then rapidly cool this piece using water, blackening it. At some point, potters began to appreciate the beauty of the imperfections of such hikidashi pieces, giving rise to Hikidashi-guro ware.

Sample Itineraries
10:00/14:00 - Meet host at Tokishi Station or Tajimi Station
10:30/14:30 - Visit Shinzangama and learn about Minoyaki pottery
11:00/15:00 - Hikidashi-guro ware tea bowl making
-Watch artisan remove tea bowl from the kiln and cool it yourself
12:00/16:00 - Enjoy Japanese tea using your tea bowl

Location

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Activity Location

  • Tokishi Station or Taijimi Station (about 30–40 minutes by train from Nagoya Station)
  • Kujiri-569-6 Izumichō
  • Toki Gifu 509-5142

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Tokishi Station or Taijimi Station (about 30–40 minutes by train from Nagoya Station)
  • Kujiri-569-6 Izumichō
  • Toki Gifu 509-5142