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Events - 02.15.2021 - 02.19.2021

Sakeware Series |
The Art of Sakeware Treasures from GIFU & IWATE

collage of sakeware images

02.15.2021 (Mon.)

02.17.2021 (Wed.)

02.19.2021 (Fri.) 


04:00 PM - 05:00 PM (PST)





Since ancient times, cuisine and tableware have been inseparable in Japanese culture. Vessels of various shapes, colors and materials are selected to complement the ingredients and the seasons. This philosophy also applies to sake.

In this three-day web series, we will take you to two iconic regions of Japan that are known for their cultural treasures to explore the unique history and art of sake.

The event will introduce Minoyaki pottery, the largest producer of pottery and ceramic art from Gifu prefecture, and Joboji lacquer, one of the most rare and precious lacquerware from Iwate Prefecture.

You will have a chance to meet and mingle with the real artists from Gifu and Iwate and get a rare in-depth look at their craftsmanship. In these interactive sessions, you’ll be able to ask anything you want to know about Japanese sake to our special guest artists and experts!

*Access to all three programs will be provided through one registration. You are welcome to join all or programs of your choice.

Monday, February 15, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (PST)

We will visit the eastern region of Gifu Prefecture, where Minoyaki pottery has been produced since the 7th century. By live-streaming Minoyaki artists from their kilns and studios, viewers will see the craft processes involved in producing one Oribe sake cup, and learn how the shapes, sizes and materials of sakeware would affect the taste and aroma of sake. Selected local sake breweries from Gifu will also be introduced.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (PST)

We will visit Iwate Prefecture, showcasing the Joboji Urushi lacquerware artists of Ninohe City. They will introduce how they produce their well-known urushi lacquerware and how the Ninohe City local sake brewers from Nanbu Bijin are using the lacquerware at the brewery. Joboji Urushi has over 3000 years of history and is recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.

Friday, February 19, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (PST)

A round-table discussion with the webinar producers of both Minoyaki and Joboji lacquerware programs followed by an opportunity for Q&A. You’ll have the chance to learn in more depth about their passion and the potential they see in these treasures.


Registration has closed.

*This webinar will be recorded for archival purposes.

Presented by: Embassy of Japan, Japan Information Culture Center

Supported by: TOTTOKI, Toki City, Gifu Prefectural Government, Artists and kiln masters from Tajimi & Toki, TOKIYA JAPAN, Ninohe City Office, Tekiseisha, Nanbu Bijin, Sake Discoveries, Focus America Corp. and

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