Yachimun no Sato
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Yachimun is Uchinaguchi (ancient Okinawan/Ryukyuan language) for POTTERY. In standard Japanese
the word is YAKIMONO. "Sato" is the word for village. "no" is the same as the apostrophe-S ('s) in English.
Ergo Yachimun no Sato means the "Potters' Village".

In 1682 all of Okinawa's potters from the Chibana, Takaraguchi, and Wakuta kilns were gathered by the royal court
and relocated to a new area with newly constructed kilns and there they were to proceed with their craft. The new
area was known as Tsuboya. In the 1970s the Yachimun village became the home of many pottery artisans who
had found that Tsuboya was far too populous. The artists found new freedom and facilities at the Yomitan location.
Soon it became a major hub of pottery activities.


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Thanks, Mick


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