1st Edition

Crafting Rural Japan Traditional Potters and Rural Creativity in Regional Revitalization

By Shilla Lee Copyright 2025
    208 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book discusses the place of creative village policy in the revitalization of rural Japan, highlighting how rural Japan is moving from a state of regional extinction to regional rejuvenation.

    Using the case study of Tamba Sasayama in Hyōgo Prefecture where collective initiatives by local government and the role of the creative class – local traditional potters – are invested in fostering an aura of creativity in the region, the book examines the complex social relations and the intertwining values of different actors to illustrate how a growing outlook on creativity, rurality, and rural creativity requires a renewed perspective on and of rural Japan.

    Based on extensive field research, this book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of Japanese studies, rural studies and anthropology.

    Introduction  Part One: Tamba Sasayama  1. From the Great Heisei Amalgamation to the Sōzō Nōson Campaign  2. From Bean to Pottery  3. The Ambiguity of Rural Creativity  4. Enacting Creativity  Part Two: Tachikui  5. The Taskscape of Tachikui  6. The Secular Side of Craftsmanship  7. Whose Tamba Pottery?  Conclusion: Post-Growth Japan as Rural  Epilogue


    Shilla Lee is a Departmental Lecturer in Japanese Social Anthropology at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at Oxford.