Updated at 2024-02-23
Tsutsumi-yaki is named after the Tsutsumi-machi area – the place this style of pottery originated. What sets Tsutsumi-yaki apart from other pottery is that the red clay, rocks, and glazes used in the production process are all sourced locally in Miyagi Prefecture, resulting in a finished product with unique and vivid coloration and glossiness. The technique of making Tsutsumi-yaki was initially used for making tea sets for Date Masamune, the feudal lord of Sendai during the Edo period, and his retainers. Over time, Tsutsumi-yaki bowls, plates, pots, and jars were popularized among the common folk for daily use.
Area: 7,282square kilometers
Population: Approx. 2,260,000 people
Main Industries/Features: Rice cultivation and fisheries