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Yamaguchi

by David Pike (10/26/08).

I just got back from a three day trip to Yamaguchi in the West of Japan. From my house roughly 8 hours by car with my family. It was the first time I have been there. It is well known for the hot springs that are everywhere. I took the waters and thought of Baden Baden.
The library in Yamaguchi has the best collection of books on identifying marks from the potteries around Japan at the turn of the century and earlier that I have seen. I am ordering about 10 books this week. The books are very detailed and give the rundown on different points from each area.
I was able to go into but not photograph two stores. One had a very nice collection of Hagi bowls, many by the late Living National Treasure Miwa Kyusetsu. 60,000$ dollar bowls. I have been indifferent to most of his work but found a new respect for the bowls I saw.
The other store was an antique store. Again I didn’t get a chance to photograph anything but the pieces they had were very nice Arita, Kutani and Imari.

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