An Astonishing Array of Ceramic Mosaic Tiles Comprise a Japanese Museum’s Historical Collection | Colossal


JUNE 24, 2022. KATE MOTHES
Image © Ryota Murase. All images courtesy of the Mosaic Tile Museum,

In the Gifu Prefecture of Japan, a nucleus of creativity blossomed in Kasahara Town, Tajimi City, more than a millennium ago. Known for its history of ceramic production, the region celebrates its distinctive heritage with a spring and autumn festival, a ceramics-themed park, and pottery shops that teach visitors the tradition. Among its newest attractions, set in a rolling green, the Mosaic Tile Museum Tajimi focuses on a more recent aspect of the ceramics industry.

Images © Katsuhiko Kodera (left) and Akitsugu Kojima (right)

Following World War II, reconstruction efforts required building materials, and tiles were suddenly in high demand. In its heyday in the mid-1900s, Kasahara Town had more than 100 tile factories, and the delicate pieces were still being used for the construction of high-rise buildings in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Soon, international competition and new materials hampered local manufacturing and the ornate tiles fell out of fashion, discarded when new buildings replaced earlier ones. Around that time, a group of locals who understood the historical significance of these tiles began to salvage as many as they could from structures scheduled for demolition. “The volunteers fondly recall how their requests were initially met with bewilderment, but their activities have resulted in the preservation of the extremely rare materials forming our enormous collection today,” says a statement on the museum’s website.

Image © Akitsugu Kojima

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1 Response to An Astonishing Array of Ceramic Mosaic Tiles Comprise a Japanese Museum’s Historical Collection | Colossal

  1. Daedalus Lex says:

    That Tile Museum is one of the weirdest buildings I’ve ever seen. I mean that in a good way 🙂 Love it!

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