Gojozaka Pottery Festival is one of the popular summer traditions in Kyoto. More than 400 vendors set up booths around Gojozaka, the birthplace of Kiyomizu-yaki porcelain.
The festival dates back to 1920, originated as a ceramics market held during Rokudo-Mairi, an annual tradition of visiting Rokudouchinnou-ji Temple to welcome ancestors’ spirits. At the market, dead stock luxury products were sold for bargain prices to temple visitors. The Gojozaka Pottery Festival, along withRokudo-Mairi, has become an icon of Kyoto’s Bon season which ends with Okuribi or Daimonji, massive bonfires to send off ancestors’ spirits.
The festival venue is surrounded by Kyoto’s many landmarks. Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto National Museum,Gion, and Rokudouchinnou-ji are within walking distance.
It is one of the largest ceramics festivals in Japan, attracting about 400,000 pottery lovers from all over the country. The festival gives you a great opportunity to experience Kyoto’s history, as well as to find one-of-a-kind pottery items.
The festival will take place August 7-10, 2016, from 9:00 to around 22:00 daily.
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