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Gifu, The Heartland of Japan

Gifu Prefecture, often referred to as the “heart of Japan”, is situated in the center of Honshu, Japan’s main island. Nestled amongst majestic mountains and crystal-clear streams, Gifu is rich in history, culture, and craftsmanship. TOIRO invites you to join us on our journey to this beautiful region through their famous hand-crafted items. Throughout the course of this fair we will introduce 7 producers carrying on the rich craft tradition of Gifu.

Gifu Japan

Gifu and Mino-Yaki Pottery

Gifu is known and revered for its historic Mino-yaki pottery and the origin of this celebrated tradition can be traced back to the 7th century. Gifu is known for their Mino-yaki production, in fact, they are the region with the most pottery production in all of Japan. Were you to visit Gifu and meet these potters you might be surprised at the wide variety of crafts spanning numerous mediums, sizes and shapes with equally varied purposes.



Artisan Crafts from Gifu, Japan

We have curated artisanal and functional collections by some of the most highly-respected Mino-yaki producers.

These are seven producers that we love who make beautiful tableware products in Gifu.