Clay, Craftmanship and bunmei Kaika
For 250 years during the Edo period, Japan was closed to the outside world and essentially a self-contained culture. While arts and craftsmanship flourished during this period, Japan was still very much a pre-industrial society in 1850.
Living in the Land of Rain
Japan is a land of rain. Annual rainfall amounts to approximately 2,000mm per year, two to three times that of Germany or France. Rain is no doubt a blessing without which human beings cannot survive, but it also brings with it humidity, which increases the risk of illness and disease.