Journeying through Yamagata and antiques. The tale of Shonai, Niigata, and Kanazawa - 3 cities connected by kitamae-bune (Edo-era cargo ships that sailed the Sea of Japan).
The Shonai region of Yamagata, a prefecture in northern Honshu of the Japanese archipelago, faces the Sea of Japan and thrived on marine transportation during the Edo Period (1603-1868). Brought over from the island of Kyushu on the southern part of the archipelago, a large number of signature pieces remain of Imari ware, an eminent Japanese brand of ceramics. The pieces from that time are called Koimari; they are highly popular and have many collectors. Yamagata is also a treasure house of tools from life in the past, such as mino straw raincoats and boro rags. We will present to you a journey enjoying Yamagata through antiques.