Second volume of the Japanese pottery DVDs. Situated in Gifu prefecture, Mino is a centre of ceramics production in Japan, renowned for its production of tea ceremony utensils. The styles of shino, oribe, yellow seto and black seto have been perhaps Japan's most distinguished ceramics since the Momoyama Period (1568-1615). In recent years, all different designs and wares have been made, Mino ceramics being not just focused on tea ceremony utensils. The city of Kasama in Ibaraki prefecture has long been known for its reddish brown and black glazed pottery. Kasama yaki was used for everyday objects, although few kilns today still concentrate on these kinds of utensils. Instead modern Kasama yaki is made in almost any style and colour of dinnerware to works of art. It is still however, noted for its quality. The pottery of nearby Mashiko dates back to the Jomon and Yayoi periods. It is fairly simple and rustic, but these days can be found in many styles. Music by Kitaro. NTSC Region Code 2, Japanese commentary only, filmed between 1996 and 2001.