Mashiko pottery town, Tochigi, May 2013 (38 images)
The small town of Mashiko in Tochigi Prefecture, is one of Japan's leading pottery towns, famous for its association with master potter Shoji Hamada. Mashiko is about three hours journey by train from Tokyo, and the home of around 380 kilns and 50 ceramics shops. Shoji Hamada moved to Mashiko in 1924 and was a close friend and collaborator of famous British potter Bernard Leach. Hamada's former home is now the Mashiko Sankokan (the Mashiko Collection Reference Museum).