Japanese pottery exhibition opens in Hanoi

A Japanese pottery exhibition themed “Yakishime - Earth Metamorphosis” opened at the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi on April 4.
Japanese pottery exhibition opens in Hanoi
A visitor learn about Japanese pottery products at the exhibition. (Photo: VNA)

The exhibition jointly organised by the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam and the museum is among the activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relationship.

The exhibition, which runs until April 20, introduces the ceramics technique yakishime which fires unglazed wares at high temperatures. One of the most basic means of producing ceramics, Yakishime has been developed in numerous distinctive directions in Japan.

The display aims to introduce local people to Japanese culture by examining Yakishime from the earliest examples to contemporary works.

Yakishime dates back to the fourth or fifth century. However, it was not until the 12th century through to the 17th century that the technique became firmly established and was used in a significant portion of the production of major ceramic centres in Japan, including Bizen, Shigaraki, and Tokoname.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Nguyen Anh Minh, Director of the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum emphasised that Japanese culture in general and Japanese ceramic culture in particular have always been a topic of interest and attraction to the public in Vietnam.

Doi Katsuma, Director of the Japan Cultural Exchange Centre in Vietnam, said that it is hoped that through experiencing Yakishime ceramic products, the Vietnamese public will know more about the diversity and creativity of Japanese culture.

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(Source: VNA)