Hagiyaki, a type of pottery made mainly in the Hagi area is one of the three famous potteries of Japan along with “Raku ware” and “Karatsu ware”.
The tradition of Hagiyaki started in the early 1600s when two brothers originally from Korean peninsula came to Hagi as potters.
Since its establishment, it has been highly prized for use in tea ceremonies.
This traditional pottery has many unique traits.
If you examine the bottom of the vessel, you’ll probably notice that a piece or two has been chipped out of the base.
There are many explanations for these chips at the bottom, but the most well-known story is that the wares that were produced were presented to the daimyo and couldn’t be used by regular people. However, when potters purposely damaged the base, they were then able to sell them to regular people as damaged goods.
（picture provided：Hagi City）
A hagiyaki tea cup will be more personalized as you use it, over time gradually changing color, as the tea seeps through the glaze and into the pores of the clay.
You can buy hagiyaki in many places throughout the prefecture, and there are even places where you can try making your own.
Drinking from a hagiyaki cup is a great way to experience some of Yamaguchi’s traditional culture!
Yamaguchi Pref. Government, Japan