Reputed for the Omuro Imperial Cherry Blossoms, the Ninnaji was built by the Emperor Uta when he became a priest in 888. As the Master Imperial Temple of the Imperial Temple Order system, where the chief priests were the Emperors and the Royal Family, Ninnaji has been supervising more than 45 Imperial temples and more than 950,000 temples of all sects throughout Japan. Since 1646 until 1868 with the 30th chief priest, Komatsunomiya in early Meiji period, a tradition of the Imperial temple order has long lasted for one thousand years. Nowadays as a unique UNESCO world heritage site, the Ninnaji temple amuses tourists with its National treasure, "Kondo," the original Imperial Ceremonial Hall relocated from the Gosho, the Imperial House, and the Important cultural Properties such as "the Five-Storied Pagoda", or the tea house "Ryokakutei" designed by the famous artist in Edo period, Korin Ogata.
The Imperial Omuro Kiln has been built in 1646 in the garden of the Ninnaji by the Emperor Goyozei where "Ninsei" has been appointed as the first kiln master. Ninsei, known as the founder of the pottery culture of Kyoto, has learned the tea ceremony from the master Souwa Kanamori and created many tea bowls. These pieces of Omuro kiln are considered the roots of Kyo-yaki, Kyoto potteries. The three master artists, Ninsei, Kenzan Ogata and Korin Ogata have produced ceramic pieces that are now designated as the National Treasures and the Important Cultural Properties. To mention a contributing figure of the Omuro kiln, Wazen Eiraku (1823-1896) is known to have restored the Ninsei's kiln and created ceramic master-pieces. The beauty of Ninshufs pottery lies in the refined handmade shapes, in the dynamic traces left by fingers and in "Yohen," the unparalleled scenery of the glazed surface with its brilliant colors. As the present master of Omuro kiln, Ninshu is pursuing the true beauty of handmade ceramics to propose a culture of contemporary lifestyle.
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Ukyo-ku, Omuroouchi 33 Tel. 075-0461-1155
A unique UNESCO world heritage site, the Ninnaji temple in Kyoto, Japan was established in 888 as an Emperor's house by the Emperor Uta. For a thousand years untill the Meiji Restoration, the temple was called the Omuro Imperial Palace. "Omuro" means a chamber of the Emperor's residence. Since then, generations of the Emperors and the Royal family served as chief priests of Ninnaji. According to the history, the appointed potter of ceramics for Ninnaji, the the Master Imperial Temple of Japan, Ninshu is honored to use the Imperial Chrysanthemum Seal.
The first kiln master Ninsei stamped "Ninsei" on the ceramic wares to represent the kiln and it became a custom to stamp a Kiln master's signet. The signet of Ninshu on its every genuine piece gurantees the highest quality of the Japanese fine hand-made ceramics and represents Omuro kiln's Noble history.
Here you can see the Ninsei Omuro kiln products and the statue of Buddha.
(Visits with admission fee during limited opening hours)
"Omuro Kaikan" Tel. 075-464-3664