I recently went on a trip to Mashiko, a pottery village about two hours out of Tokyo. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it is a small village just full of pottery shops, lining both sides of the street. It was all a bit overwhelming at first, but I soon got into the swing of things and came home with some beautiful pieces that you can see here.
Many shops used very simple, tasteful displays.
This shop was on several levels and sold clothing as well as pottery.
It had a lovely little courtyard garden.
The kilns used for firing the pots were built up the side of the hill.
I visited an indigo dye workshop where there were some beautiful fabric pieces.
These bowls hold the indigo leaves used in the dyeing process.