A craft with 800 years of tradition deeply embedded in the history of Tamba Sasayama
When hearing of Tamba Sasayama, many people will think of their famous shiny black beans, called Tamba kuromame, or the red peony-like color of its fresh boar meat. But that is not all that Tamba is famous for. Tamba-yaki is a type of pottery with a distinctive simple and rustic coloring to it that has been made since ancient times in the area around what is now Sasayama City. Its origins date back to the Heian era of Japan, making it a craft with an 800-year long history. Combined with the Sasayama clan, who formed the government of Sasayama history 400 years ago, the dual histories of the art and city have been intertwined for ages. Tamba pottery is also famous for being part of the Six Famous Old Kilns of Japan, a point that the locals of Sasayama are particularly proud of.