Japanese Vintage 壺屋焼き Tsuboya-yaki Pottery of a Sake Hip FlaskJapanese Vintage 壺屋焼き Tsuboya-yaki Pottery of a Sake Hip FlaskJapanese Vintage 壺屋焼き Tsuboya-yaki Pottery of a Sake Hip FlaskJapanese Vintage 壺屋焼き Tsuboya-yaki Pottery of a Sake Hip Flask

We have a small Tsuboya-yaki collection to share. Tsuboya yaki comes from Okinawa Island and is a Mingea pottery. Several famous potters have been makers of Tsuboya pottery. See more below about the history.

This is a Saki Flask in the Joyachi Style first introduced in the 12th Century from China. The Dachibin is a Tokkuri or Sake Flask specifically designed to fit the hip. It is crescent-shape with two loops on the outer side to hold a shoulder cord (leather). The original Dachibin were used by farmers to carry water or sake in the rice fields, having a curved shape it fits perfectly around the waist. It is handmade and fired in a kiln still to this day. It is hand painted a nice combination of white, blue and brown in a simple brush stroke style. It dates to the early to mid 1900s. It is not signed. The rope is intact. It is in good condition with no cracks or chips. It does have some age discoloring- one spot on the front and I have not tried to clean the top but most should come off.

Please let us know if you have any questions and make sure to read important information on our homepage. I Have added the link to the Tsuboya yaki site under Favorites Links on our Home Page, which has more information including the potters and their work. Some of the information below is translated so a little funny at times.

SIZE: Height 4.72" or 12cm, Width 5.7" or 14.5cms, Depth 1.38" or 3.5cm)

壺屋焼き Tsuboya yaki or TSUBOYA BAKED. 壺屋焼 History

Tsuboya is one of the historical kilns in Okinawa. Tsuboya kilns are located on the Rkukya islands sounds of Hiroshima. The wares from these kilns are considered Mingea Ware. Tsuboya Ware is a typical stoneware from Naha city on Okinawa island. Its designs are simple but powerful and are derived from the life and customs of Okinawan people. Apart from conventional bowls, plates, and tea ware, some of the Tsuboya Ware products are typical for Okinawa customs such as the mythical lion dog or a highly decorated casket for the bones of the deceased.

Naha’s Tsuboya district has been a center for Okinawan pottery since the era of the Ryukyu Kingdom, and many pottery workshops are still concentrated in the area today. The Tsuboya Pottery Museum illustrates the history and the techniques of Tsuboya pottery. It is said that the Ryukyu dynasty, technology of Nanban ware was transmitted pottery of southern countries and China are brought abundant in the 14-16 century, which has been actively overseas trade also with it at that time.  

Okinawa, received a major setback becomes a stage of the ground war in World War II, but Tsuboya district regain the momentum of Tsuboya grilled gradually reconstruction of Tsuboya is done quickly only a relatively minor damage fortunately.

But Naha was to be a ban on firewood kiln for pollution control smoke pollution caused by wood-fired kiln is a serious problem now because it became a densely populated area at the same time. Potters remain in Tsuboya is converted into gas, kerosene kiln from firewood kiln, potters stick to firewood kiln was supposed to be Utsurikama to Yomitanson that has been exploring the vast land conversion by the base return at that time. Yomitanson enough "village of Yachimun" different from the Tsuboya to become the best place can be the potter because there was an abundance of good quality soil in the surrounding area also is a land rooted Yomitanzan smell etc., and in the traditional craft originally became to.

But by that originated in Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe and Tokyo the wonders of Okinawa craft to polish the technology to potters Tsuboya ware willow Muneyoshi, Kawai Kanjiro, Shoji Hamada etc. is a guru of potters and folk art expert is coming off regained confidence and pride, potters our Tsuboya ware was connected hope after the war escaped abolition Tsuboya ware.  

Kinjo’s move here in 1972, just months after Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, was part of a push by village leaders to restore some of the pride in craft that had been nearly wiped out in the long post-war years. In 1980 the four potters Jissei Omine, Shinman Yamada, Terumasa Tamamoto, and Meikou Kinjo moved here as well. Using old roof tiles, discarded utility poles, local stones and their own hands, they built a striking nine-chambered climbing kiln just down the lane from the Kinjo atelier, at the centre of what is now known as Yachimun no Sato, or Yomitan Pottery Village. Kinjo Jiro (1912-2004) was the first Okinawan artist to be designated a Living National Treasure, that was in 1985. His famous motif was that of a fish

Today this area is known as Tsuboya Yachimun-dori (Tsuboya Pottery Street), a one-way lane not far from Makishi Station. Most modern-day Okinawan potters got their start here, including Living National Treasure Jiro Kinjo (1912–2004), who was closely involved with the mingei (folk crafts) movement that brought the unadorned beauty of Okinawan craft to modern.

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