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Arts & Museums
The village of Obara, just east of Nagoya, is not one of the most famous washi (Japanese paper) making areas in Japan, but the craftspeople of the village have compensated by creating a unique form of art with their paper. Instead of painting a picture on the paper, they use various colored paper fibers to build up an image that has incredible depth and texture. The museum has exhibits of local artists, products made of washi paper, and samples of papers made from around Japan. A workshop allows visitors to try their hand at creating a work of art from washi.
This unusual museum is dedicated to the humble roofing tile, because of the industrial history of the city as a roofing tile producer. Although the subject may be unassuming, one of the more interesting aspects is the onigawara (ornamental tile pieces found on ridge ends and eaves of roofs) often shaped like the faces of ogres to serve as charms to ward off evil spirits and to protect the building. In addition to examples of tiles going back more than a millennium, there are also photographic exhibits of architecture from around the world that utilize the roofing tile.
This museum will interest pottery enthusiasts who want to see Japan's ceramic history presented chronologically. The items on permanent display are in the main building and range from Jomon up to the Momoyama period. The kilns and sites represented include Tokoname, Bizen, Echizen, Shino, Hagi, Oribe, Mino, and Tamba. In the porcelain section is a wide variety of Kakiemon, Kutani, Imari and Nabeshima pieces with a focus on Seto ware.