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Shinko Toubo’s Mystical Wave Motion Pottery

By: Stephen Carr

Date Posted: 2000-04-29

Shapes are very important to human beings. On the aesthetic level we judge whether an object is beautiful or ugly. But shapes of things can have a spiritual dimension as well. The ancient Egyptians knew this when they constructed their pyramids. Just as a prism refracts light, so does the pyramid shape channel cosmic forces. Copies of pyramids have been built and have been found to have demonstrably remarkable scientific properties. Bodies of rodents placed inside these structures have decayed at a slower rate than normal, leading to speculation that one function of their large sized originals was to preserve the bodies of the pharaos buried in them as long as possible. Someone even tried marketing minature plastic pyramids when they were found to have the amazing ability to resharpen razor blades slotted into their base. The idea never took off because the cheapness of razor blades made them not worth preserving. The extraordinary power of the pyramid shape, not news to people who meditate inside them to replenish their spiritual energy, has no explanation in Western science.

The Chinese have long believed in the power of shapes, as witness their art of feng-shui. The dimensions of rooms, the size and shape of objects inside them, the alignment of doorways – all these have an impact on their immediate surroundings and powerfully affect the moods of those who live in or near the spaces, according to practitioners of the ancient art. No construction project in even as technologically advanced a place as Hong Kong would be started without consulting the feng-shui diviners, along with the architects. The Chinese are also great believers in the power of land and rock shapes. One example of this belief is that the location of a grave will affect the future happiness of the spirit residing there.

The Japanese share this heritage too. Many Shinto holy places are in grottoes and caves. When you enter these places there is often a powerful atmosphere, partly attributable to their shape, though Shintoists say other forces are at work also. According to local culture all things in the universe, including animals, plants, organic and inorganic materials, have energy and release a resonance.

An Okinawa company, Shinko Toubo, in Nishihara, likens the force to solar magnetic waves. A good wave motion, produced by an object, they say, results in harmony, while a bad wave motion results in negativity and destruction.

They state that since ancient times, people have been using good pottery shapes with a good wave motion. They further extrapolate that vessels like this can affect the liquids in them. Some teacups, they believe, can produce not only good flavor and fragrance, but also an etheric substance that releases stress.

A special method is used to fire the pottery and a particular type of clay from the north of the island helps make pottery with a good wave motion. These methods, they maintain, create vessels that make water more delicious, prevent hangovers and preserve fresh food longer.

Directions: From Kadena Gate 2 go through Awase Golf Course, down the hill and turn right at Rt 329 intersection towards Yonabaru Town. Go past the sugarcane factory on the right, then take a left towards the Hikari Restaurant on the left. The distance between these two places is 1.5km. Turn left and Shinko Toubo is in the fourth lane on the left.

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