The history of Asahiyaki
Asahi-yaki is a pottery found in Kyoto, Uji known as the center of tea culture. It is located at the foot of the Asahi Mountain opposite the Byodo-in at the Uji River.
From the Momoyama period about 400 years ago from now to the Edo Period Keicho Yoshiro Elementary Ceramic work built a kiln. Sen no Rikyu has grown up tea ceremony, and also the tea ceremony of Kobori Enshu was active. Kobori Enshu was also deeply involved in Uji, who had been working as a production center of tea at the time, making a great contribution to improving the status of Uji tea. The first generation was given the two characters "Asahi" of the kiln name from the distant town, which is why it is regarded as one of "the Seven Kilns of the Enshu." As early as the Edo era, Asahi-yaki has reached its peak as the development of Uji tea and Cha no yu. Tea ceremony such as bowls and water fingers from first generation to three generations of ceramics will be prized by the Daimyo, the public home, the tea person.
Since then the center of culture has moved from Kyoto to Edo, the very tough times continued in the fourth to the seventh generation. I burned roof tiles, and went on a side job of a transit ship in Uji River to connect my generation.
When it was around Yashiro Chieftain, it passed through a tough period from the connection with the public house's Garden home, such as grilling the tile which disappeared in the strange of 蛤 Gimon and paying it to the Imperial place, in accordance with the trend of Sencha, I began to make a sushi tea cup. After that, we will be prosperous in the era of Kyushu Chiebe.
In times when the Meiji era was confused, many kilns were forced to go out of business, and in the twelve-year ascension, a tough era will come to keep the pottery intact. However, the guests of Honorable Imperial Highness Prince Tomiya (Emperor Taisho later) will be given guests, then Asahi Yaki will head to rebirth again. In the eleventh year, the second son Tsurunosuke of the twelve senior citizens went to the UK and converted to Shoji Hamada who returned to the British St Ives due to the Great Kanto Earthquake, building a kiln for climbing up for Bernard Leach.
Tsurunosuke is a little known in Japan because he passed away at the age of 38, but works of Tsurunosuke are also in the collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK, along with works of the first ceramic art. We have continued to protect the fire of the kiln to the contemporary Matsubayashi Hosai XVI while going through a tough period such as a period that is not where we are during the war.
In Asahi-yaki, I value very much to stamping my work. The first generation was given the two characters "Asahi" from Kobori Enshu in the very rare times to impress the name of the kiln. The sign of "Asahi" of the second generation ceramics is told as the autograph of Ryujiro Sotsuo of the distant island. Two signs are famous as a work called "Taku (Asuka)" which was unequivocal "table". And the present Matsubayashi Hosai XVI has impressed the two characters "Asahi" which he received from His Highness Prince Takamadonomiya as well as Fifteen of the Fifteen.
The current Asahi-yaki is made mainly of "Utsuwa" of the tea ceremony which started the first generation and "Utsuwa" of Sencha culture completed by Yashiro.