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Banko Ware

Banko Ware

Banko ware is mostly made in the city of Yokkaichi.It is famous all over Japan,notonly for its durability and resistance to high temperatures, but also for itswonderful brown-reddish color that appears during the baking process.Banko potsand cups are coated on the inside with a special transparent glaze that is saidto enhance the flavorof tea.Banko ware products are living and their aspects changes to become more and more beautiful as the years go by.

Fujisō is famous for making Banko earthenware, especially tea pots and tea cups. Their products are known and appreciated all over Japan, as it is said that tea prepared and served in Fujisō ware keeps its strong flavour and taste intact (this is, in fact, one of the most important aspects that distinguishes Fujisō from other craftsmen in Japan).

The company was established in its modern form in 1907, but it boasts a long tradition that goes back for more than two hundred years, to the Edo period. It is located in the city of Yokkaichi in Mie prefecture, close to the beautiful Ise Bay, in an area rich in resources such as clay, water, and wood. The company is now managed by the fourth generation of the Fujii family.

The credo of the company is that, since each and every human being is unique, the objects they use should also be unique; therefore, when designing or modeling a pot or a cup, the craftsmen at Fujisō always think about the person who will eventually use that object. The manager, Mr. Fujii, says that the fate of all Fujisō products is to bring smiles on peoples' faces: the craftsman who models the pot or the cup is happy because he created a unique product, whereas the buyer is happy because he has the chance to use (and enjoy) an object which is both practical and beautiful.

Fujisō pots and cups bring warmth and beauty to any household; their subdued, earth colours create an atmosphere of peace and quiet, which is perfect for enjoying a cup of Japanese green tea.

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