We happened upon the Noritake site on our way to another tourist site and thought it might be worth a look. We are so glad we did. We visited the Craft Centre first with our teen/preteen daughters and we all found the displays very interesting as they took us through the whole process of creating fine objects. There were Japanese and English written explanations of everything and multi-lingual video presentations as well. We were also able to watch craftspeople carrying out the various stages. We really had an appreciation for the skill and time that goes into creating Noritake bone by the end of the display. For an additional cost, you are also able to paint your own piece (several options including plate, mug, figurines). The plate display which showed designs of plates in chronological order was particularly impressive. There is also a large shop, cafe and restaurant on the site, housed in renovated brick industrial buildings, and large garden areas which are a relaxing spot to sit. Well worth a visit.
We participated in a ceramic experience at the Wushensen. I chose two villains who wore kimonos. Between the paintings, I made a ceramic plate and poured my own efforts. How about, the finished product is not bad, right? I really like this emotional handmade work!
However, where the ceramic is fired, shooting is not allowed, and only the previous process can be taken. Because it took a day to burn, we handled ems back to China. It took about ten days to receive it. More than 1,000 yen of postage is very cost-effective. z