The Himatsuri (written as ‘pottery-firing festival’) is one of the biggest yearly events in Ibaraki Prefecture, and is being held this year from April 29th to May 5th. Over 200 ceramic artists, potters, and local vendors will gather in the spacious and vividly green ‘Kasama Art Forest Park Event Area’ to entice visitors with their wildly individual booths in this festival of never-before-seen ceramics.
The booths have been specially designed by each vendor to attract customers through individuality, making it possible to enjoy both the store’s atmosphere as well as its products.
There are also food and drink booths being run by ceramic artists, and many of their interesting foods and beverages have become Himatsuri favorites. Seeing what they will come up with each year is one of the highlights of the festival.
In addition to the ceramic sales, there are also many interesting events such as the ‘Clay mask auction’ where participating artists compete in skill and individuality; the ‘Clay mask festival’ which displays masks made by local elementary children; and the ‘Kids’ land’ area where children can learn how to throw pottery from the artists themselves. All this and more!
Date: April 29th-May 5th, 9am-5pm
Location: Kasama Art Forest Park Event Area
A free shuttle bus will be operating between Tomobe Station’s North exit and the Himatsuri grounds during the event. Buses run once an hour on weekdays, twice an hour on weekends.