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Arts & Museums
Tokoname is known for its many square-shaped kiln chimneys scattered all over town, reminding us that it was pivotal in Japan's ceramic history as one of the Six Ancient Kilns. The pottery on exhibit spans from the Heian, to Kamakura, to Edo eras. What is remarkable is that the oldest ceramics are from the original kilns. Tokoname ceramic production dates to the late 16th century, and still continues. Visit the kilns and workshops behind the institute.
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.