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Potter’s house and kiln named National Asset

Date Posted: 2002-10-26

The oldest house in Naha’s Tsuboya area, long known as the cradle of the art of pottery in Okinawa, and a potter’s kiln adjacent to the house has been named as an Important Cultural Asset by the Ministry of Culture and Education. The house and the kiln are said to be 320 years old, and they belong to 68-year-old Kazuko Arakaki and her family.

Upon hearing about the honor bestowed to her ancestral home she said that the feeling is overwhelming. “I was very surprised to hear about the ministry’s decision. My ancestors made this house and the kiln, not me, but I have to say my ancestors a very deep thank you. I have to take a good care of this house and kiln to the end of my days,” Arakaki said.

Tsuboya Pottery Association Chairman Munehira Nishihira is also elated. “As soon as this decision became public we started seeing more tourists and more business. Tsuboya has a very long history in pottery making and this honor will cement our place in the history of Okinawan pottery,” Nishihira said.

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