This shrine building has an excellent design in the shape of a round kiln to fire setomono (pottery and porcelain)
In Japan, porcelain is often called "Setomono." "Seto" from "Setomono" derives from Seto City in Aichi Prefecture. Kamagami Shrine is a shrine with the name of the god of "Kiln" to fire pottery.
Setoyaki was originally centered on pottery. However, yohaisho (a small branch of a shrine to enable people to pray at a distant shrine) was set up in 1824 upon the petition of Tamikichi Kato, who learned about porcelain at Arita and conveyed the method of manufacturing porcelain to Seto. Yohaisho was developed into Kamagami Shrine.
At present, "Setomono" means dyed porcelain bowls and teacups, and it has become a general noun that also refers to products that have been made at places other than Seto. Therefore, Tamikichi Kato is respected by local residents as a very important person. He is enshrined at Kamagami Shrine, and his bronze statue is also here.
The shrine building (building at the center where a model of a god is placed) disappeared, and the current shrine building was built in 1964 and is made of concrete. However, the dome-like shape is an unusual design featuring a round kiln (a kiln to fire pottery) and is very rare.
The path to Kamagami Shrine is lined with several houses that manufacture porcelain (pottery), and you can see manufacturing scenes from outside. Seto, setomono, and Tamikichi, who brought the technique to manufacture setomono, are in an inseparable relationship. Kamagami Shrine is a place that is symbolic of this relationship.
Address: 112 Kamagami-cho, Seto-shi, Aichi
Phone: 0561-85-2730 (Seto City Tourist Association)
Directions: Train: 8-minute walk from Owari Seto Station (45 minutes from Nagoya) of Meitetsu Seto Line. (Car) 10 minutes from Seto-Akazu Interchange on the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway.