Tokoname has been associated with ceramics production since at least the Heian period, and Tokoname-yaki works from this period have been found in locations as far away as Aomori Prefecture in the north of Japan and Kagoshima prefecture in the south. By the Kamakura period, over 3000 kilns were active. During the Sengoku period, the area came under the control of the Isshiki clan, and later came under the rule of Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
During the Edo period, the area around present-day Tokoname was part of Owari Domain. In the post Meiji Restoration cadastral reforms of 1889, the town of Tokoname was created.
Originally, items such as vases were fired using a method known as shizenyu yakijime, in which pottery is fired without glaze. Later, Tokoname ware became famous for the production of earthenware pipes, and is now widely known for pottery using red clay. Tokoname ware was designated a traditional craft in 1976 (quote:Japan National Tourism Organization)
Tokoname-City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan
May 2015, Olympus OM-D E-M1
2015年5月撮影，Olympus OM-D E-M1