Travel Japan – Bizen Pottery

24 May

Photo by JAR ()

My first Sunday in Japan, I traveled to Bizen pottery village .

My first stop was the Bizen museum as recommended by Esprit Travel and Tours. It was uplifting and inspiring to see the work of masters in the art. I fell in love with a coffee cup in their shop. When I went to pay for it; I found they don’t take credit cards. I asked what places do take credit cards and they marked it on a walking map of the village that had all the pottery studios listed.

I found myself wishing I could live there. The town is so charming.

It is very beautiful and the streets were newly paved since my last visit.

I found what I wanted – a coffee cup that reminded me of the ones at Somushi’s. Their pottery is not from Bizen, it just looks like it to me.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had a little brown teapot. I used to drink tea sitting in a garden window and write letters to my birth family. When I saw this teapot, it took me back to that time and brought tears to my eyes. I bought both these items at a co-op gallery.

Yes, there is a little chip in the spout, that I did. Funny but my old teapot had a chip in the spout also. All my pottery pieces arrived home with me unchipped and in excellent condition. They pack them well.

Before boarding my train back to Kyoto, I had time to stop at the small restaurant at the train station. I was enchanted to find myself surrounded with beautiful pottery.

The menu had pictures of the food, so I pointed at what I wanted. The waitress communicated to me that they only had one item available at this time.

When it arrived I was even more enchanted. It was served on a chilled Bizen plate and it was this beautiful dessert.

There was a card on the table advertising beer and I held it up and asked for one. My waitress said it’s non-alcoholic. I laughed and said that is probably even better for me.

When she brought it, it was in a chilled Bizen glass. It doesn’t get any better than this. Now I want to go back to Bizen to get a plate and a glass.

© 2011 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.


Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Abundance, Japan


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5 responses to “Travel Japan – Bizen Pottery

  1. Petty Witter

    May 25, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Oh my goodness – how wonderful, such beautiful pottery. If only Husband dearest had had the opportunity to visit here when he visited Japan.

  2. Jen C.

    June 2, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Bizen ware really is beautiful, isn’t it? It’s so simple but yet there’s something about it that draws us to it 🙂 I’ve never been to the pottery village so I have to make sure I get a chance to visit it next time in go to Kyoto!

  3. Holly

    June 4, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Gorgeous pottery! How lucky that dessert was the only dish available.

  4. Jon Butler

    December 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Do you know of any hotels near this bizen pottery village?

    • purplume

      December 12, 2012 at 10:59 am

      No I don’t Jon. I have traveled there as a day trip from Kyoto. Best luck finding what you need.


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