JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFT AOYAMA SQUARE
Central Honshu - Chubu > Chubu Others
Some 260 years ago there lived a wealthy merchant, Nunami Rozan. He was a knowledgeable exponent of tea and was interested in pottery. In fact, the name Banko-yaki or Banko ware originates from pieces he made himself. He stamped them with bankofueki, or literally "eternity, constancy", hoping they would be handed down through endless generations after he was gone.
This ware, in point of fact, was not made for a time after his death but was revived toward the end of the Edo period (1600-1868). The pieces of Yokkaichi Banko Yaki that are being made today spring from research and the revival of techniques made during the Meiji period (1868-1912). The distinctive porcelain and pottery produced continues to reflect the fashions and taste of each age.
For hundreds of years now, Banko-yaki teapots have had a strong following among those who drink tea, not simply because they add to the enjoyment of this beverage but also because these unassuming teapots take on a refined distinctive luster with the passing years of use. Teapots, however, are not the only thing being made. Cups, sake flasks, vases and ornamental pieces are also produced.