In 2017, Japan's six ancient kilns were registered as Japan Heritage: Shigaraki, Seto, Tokoname, Echizen, Tanba, and Bizen.
Shigaraki ware, which is counted as one of these, is loved by many people because it is supported by traditional techniques and the wisdom of craftsmen who create a gentle texture that takes advantage of the unique taste of Shigaraki clay and a warm color created by the flames.
★The history of raccoon dog ornaments in Shigaraki is relatively short, and the first one is said to have been made by the potter Tetsuzo Fujiwara during the Meiji period.
★Raccoon dogs are considered lucky charms and are often placed in front of the eaves of shops to symbolize prosperous business, as the raccoon dog symbolizes ``outperforming others.'' The classic ``Sake Buying Boy'' design depicts a raccoon dog, which has been blessed with good fortune in connection with Shigaraki's eight auspicious origins, wearing a woven hat and standing with his head slightly tilted, holding a sake bottle in his right hand and a bankbook in his left.