Historical transit port Hizen Hamashuku

While Japan was fundamentally closed to the outside world during the Edo Period (1603-1868), it still maintained a robust domestic economy. This economy was largely centered on agricultural production that led to production of secondary food products all of which fed the entire nation, allowing other economic activity also to flourish. Central to all this … Continue reading Historical transit port Hizen Hamashuku

A new gallery celebrates Karatsu tea ware

The city of Karatsu in Saga Prefecture has been a center of ceramic production since the end of the 16th century.  While all manner of dishes are produced, the Karatsu style of pottery is particularly well known for its tea ware--dishes used for traditional Japanese tea ceremony.  On March 10, 2020, a new museum featuring … Continue reading A new gallery celebrates Karatsu tea ware