Work by Tatiana German
Ishoken (Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center) was established in October 1959, after transferring operations from the Minoyaki Overglaze and Enamel Decoration Research Center. Since the first graduates from March 1960, Ishoken has taught over 900 graduates who have been active in the forefront of the ceramic Industry as designers, and ceramists. Tajimi City together with neighboring Toki and Mizunami City form the largest ceramic producing area in Japan. These three districts together are called Mino. The ceramic-wares made in this area are called “Minoyaki” or Mino ware. Minoyaki has a long history dating back to the 7th century when “Sue Ware” was first made and this culture has continued to this day for over 1300 years. Minoyaki now includes a wide range of ceramics from tableware, tiles, to Shino and Oribe tea bowls for tea ceremonies. Furthermore, Tajimi City established the International Ceramics Festival Mino Japan, in 1986. The festival consists of an international competition with more than 2000 applicants and exhibitions with many works submitted from all around Japan and the world. Since 1986 the festival has been held every three years with the theme of “From You, From Now, From Here.” In 2014, we celebrated the 10th anniversary. Throughout the years, 25 of our graduates from Ishoken have won various prestigious prizes including the grand prize. Tajimi City aims to promote “Minoyaki” overseas to attract aspiring ceramists from all over the world. Ishoken has accepted students from over 40 countries in the past and is looking forward to accept more in the future.
Minoyaki Overglaze and Enamel Decoration Research Center
Work by Yamaguchi Mio
1. Training period / 1 year [April 2022 – March 2023]
*1 year extension is possible with approval from faculty and city office.
2. Admission quota / Around 3 persons
3. Entrance qualification
(1) Age: from 20 to 40 *Applicants who are born between 2 April 1981 and 1 April 2002.
(2) Basic understanding of ceramics or some equivalent qualifications.
(3) Must show interest and dedication to participate in the ceramics industry in the future.
(4) Must be well-conducted and eager to study.
(5) Foreign nationality, and have been living in Japan for less than 7 years.
*Communication skills in English or Japanese.
Work by Akari Karugane
*We are considering to reduce training/admission fees. The fees will be updated on our website at a later date.
・Training fee / 314,000 yen (per year)
・Admission fee / 125,000 yen(Persons who do not live in Tajimi City)
・Material fee / about 30,000 yen
Total 459000 yen
* Training fee and admission fee once paid cannot be returned.
* Training fee and admission fee should be paid after the entrance ceremony.
* Material fee includes expenses such as tools, textbooks, etc.
Submit Your Application
Work by Akari Sugiyama
Applications start – 1 September 2021 (Japan Time 8:30)
Deadline for Applications – 15 October 2021 (Japan Time 17:00)
Announcement of Results – 26 November 2021
How to Submit Your Application
Application Documents must be submitted by Email（PDF file）
All documents must be written in English or Japanese.
Deadline/15 October 2021(Japan Time 17:00)
1. Application for Form to Ishoken
▶ PDF document
2. Certificate of Graduation or Statement of Expected Graduation (Final Education)
3. Academic transcript (Final Education)
4．Medical certificate (Issued within 3 months from the time from submission)
(1)Eyesight test (naked eye, corrected eyesight)
(3)The past medical history of an applicant
Please list the disease that has been treated in the past, a disease treated now, a disease following up (a)Age (b)Disease name (c)Heal or Under going treatment or Under follow-up
Please fill in the diagnosis of the doctor
(5)Date of diagnosis, Medical institution name, Medical institution address, Doctor's name
5. Recommendation letter
(By applicant's research supervisor from their university or teacher of ceramic art/designer. *Descriptions of the recommender's career should be included.)
6. Curriculum vitae (no larger than A4)
7.Copy of your passport (Including "ID" page and pages with "all records of immigration".
8.Documentary examination documents
・Theme 1 - What do you consider important when you are working ceramics? On one A4 Paper
・Theme 2 - Your Research themes in Ishoken? On one A4 Paper
⑵List of works
▶ PDF document
⑶Photos of Work(5 pieces, 3 angles)
* The file name should be the number corresponding to ⑵.
Procedure After Acceptance to Ishoken
Once you receive an acceptance notification via post or email.
We can start preparing for your VISA to enter Japan.
What Visa do I need?
We will start the application process for a Cultural Activities Visa.
According to the Japanese School Education Law, "Ishoken" is not a school. Therefore, during your stay in Japan applicants will need a Cultural Activities Visa rather than the Student Visa.
With a Cultural Activities Visa it is prohibited to work in Japan. Please prepare at least one years living and training costs. A minimum of 1,650,000yen.
What do I need to prepare for a Cultural Activities Visa?
You will need to fill out a form (we will email you) in order to receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Ishoken will apply for a COE on your behalf with the documents and forms provided.
Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is a document necessary to receive your Cultural Activities Visa from a Japanese Embassy or Consulate in your country.
Details of this process will be explained via email. We will help you with procedures concerning living in Japan.
All correspondence concerning admissions to “Ishoken” should be addressed to:
Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center
Postal Address: 2-77, Misaka-cho, Tajimi-shi, Gifu, 507-0803 Japan