Yamatoji Kaiseki
‘Akahadayaki’ is pottery that comes from the various kilns located throughout Nara city and Yamatokouriyama city in Nara.
While its origins are unclear, it is said that this pottery tradition began when the Yamatokouriyama castle lord, Toyotomi Hidenaga, opened a kiln at Gojou village in Akahada Mountain during the Momoyama period. In the latter half of the Edo period the pottery received the protection of the domain lord, Yanagisawa Yasumitsu, and later when renowned craftsman, Okuda Mokuhaku revealed various production techniques, its popularity spread even wider. Akahada pottery is one of the Enshu Seven Kilns, so named because Kobori Enshu, a prominent tea master, loved this ware.
Akahada means “red skin” and, as the name suggests, the pottery has a delicate reddish color. Another theory is that Akahada pottery was named after the soil from Akahada Mountain.
The color of the glaze is milky white and is often decorated with Narae. Narae are paintings based on the religious themes of sutras and lotus patterns and their subtly unrefined composition brings out the simplicity of the pottery’s surface.