The Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, the Hue Fine Arts Museum, and the Thua Thien-Hue province’s Vietnam–Japan Friendship Association are joining forces to organize an event.

Doi Katsuma, the director of the centre, expressed his hope that by experiencing Yakishime ceramic products, Vietnamese people will gain a greater understanding of the diversity and creativity of Japanese culture.

The exhibition runs until May 14 and introduces the ceramics technique yakishime, which fires unglazed wares at high temperatures. One of the most basic means of producing ceramics, yakishime has been developed in numerous distinctive directions in Japan.

The display aims to introduce local people to the Japanese culture by examining Yakishime from the earliest examples to contemporary works.

Phan Thanh Hai, Director of Thua Thien-Hue Department of Culture and Sports, said that the exhibition is held under the auspices of the Thua Thien-Hue’s 9th Traditional Craft Festival in celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan.

Yakishime dates back to the fourth or fifth century CE. However, it wasn’t until the 12th to 17th centuries that the technique became firmly established and was used in a significant portion of the production of major ceramic centres in Japan, including Bizen, Shigaraki, and Tokoname.