MINO ceramic Park, Tajimi, Gifu(11th international ceramic fest-2017)

Gifu city, especially Tajimi and Toki cities are home to many Ceramic museums. These cities have a ceramic culture and heritage of many decades. We can see many ceramic works, big and small throughout every corner of the city. The most important among the ceramic museums located in Tajimi city is the MINO ceramic museum which was built in 2002. The ceramic park is situated in between a mountainous calm area of Tajimi city. Every year, an international ceramic festival is being conducted here during September – October.

The ceramic park can be accessed by means of Tajimi city bus that takes you to the entrance gate of the park. Private vehicles can also be parked free of cost. The entrance of the park is an elevated walking trail that takes you to the third floor of the museum building. The walking trail is constructed over an area of thick greenery. You can enjoy the nature around you while walking along this trail. The roof of this trail is adorned with small tile pieces.

When we went there in 2017 October 7th, the 11th international ceramic fest was hosted on the ground floor of the building. So there were special decors waiting ahead of the walking trail. There was some cave shaped paths with lighted up ceramic exhibits through one end of the path, which visitors can use as the entrance. While the other side behind the caves could be used as the exit. Beyond it was some ceramic exhibits with their names and descriptions aside it. Visitors could look at the details of the works and on a piece of paper provided there, we can write the number of the display which we like the most among the 20 works exhibited there.

The walking trail leads to a wide balcony and the terrace of the museum building. From the balcony, we can enjoy the panoramic view of some parts of Tajimi city surrounded by mountains and lush greenery. The terrace of the building had some temporary food stalls selling snacks and drinks. From the third floor through which we entered, we moved to the first floor where the 11th international ceramic fest was held. The ticket counter is situated here. It costs 1200 yen per adult. We can buy a single ticket which allows the entry to the international ceramic fest only or there is a booklet with entry tickets to seven different museums in Tajimi and surrounding cities. Pricewise, it is better to buy the booklet which allows you to enter the museum of modern ceramic arts situated at the second floor of the ceramic park building.

At the entrance of the exhibition hall, the staff tear off the entry pass for the international ceramic fest and provided us with some brochures(in Japanese only). Cameras and food are not allowed inside the exhibition hall. There were some 200 plus items exhibited there from various parts of the world, including Japan, China, Italy, USA, Spain and so on. The theme of each work is explained on a board (In Japanese as well as English) aside every item. Reading the theme and explanations, even if you are a person with little interest in arts you will really enjoy and appreciate each and every work ranging from small cutleries to huge artistic ideas. Every piece of work is well-exhibited and arranged in such a way that none of them will be missed by the visitors who enter the hall.

Ticket booklet

Since photography is prohibited inside the exhibition hall, I took some photos from the brochures provided from there.

 

11th international ceramic fest, MINO ceramic park, Tajimi, Japan (Photo taken from the brochure)
11th international ceramic fest, MINO ceramic park, Tajimi, Japan (Photo taken from the brochure)

As we got out if the hall, there was another small exhibit on the opposite side of the main exhibition hall. The room exhibited some works done by children of Tajimi city. It included drawings, ceramic artworks, thread works etc. Another part of the ground floor had a tile workshop. With a fee of 800 yen, visitors can take part in the tile workshop. Small tile pieces of various shapes and sizes are set for sale in this corner. There were some groups of people doing some big tile works. They were making some chairs shaped like banana, pumpkin etc with the mortar and fixing colorful tile pieces over it. I also got a chance to try it out for some 10 minutes. A food stall is set at the window area of the ground floor, from where visitors can enjoy the waterfall set outside the building where water falls down through small stairs just like a water wall.

At the second floor of the building, there are some small stalls conducted by the famous ceramic artisans of Tajimi city. It includes potteries, tableware, jewellery, wall hangings and so on. The Museum of modern arts is located on this floor. We submitted the second ticket from the booklet at the entrance and get inside. Every exhibits and stall of the second floor prohibit camera.

The museum showcases some ceramic artworks from various parts of the world, small and big in naturally lighted up rooms. Every piece was nicely arranged within glass walls. The second last room of the exhibits was some drawings of Mount Fuji-100 different views of MountFujii. It was the most interesting part of the exhibit for me. Outside the exhibition halls, a show was going on where a hair designer explains the traditional Japanese way of hairdressing done by the ancient women.

They were illustrating the method while explaining every part of it. It took a long time which we were unable to watch till the end. The hairdresser told that it takes about half a day to get it completed which I couldn’t even imagine. We went near the beautiful water wall and spent some time on the terrace of the ceramic park before returning.