Robert Yellin’s Neswletter: Ceramics of Japan Tour with Esprit Travel

Greetings from Kyoto,

Spring is in the air here and at last the long winter is winding down; I hope this finds you well and looking forward to spring flowers and dreams; in Kyoto those are easily found.


Ceramics of Japan Tour with Esprit Travel
I’m pleased to announce that this year I will be working again with Esprit Travel to offer a special, select Ceramics of Japan tour. Last year’s group was a joy to be with and the groups for the past two years have been so outstanding, that I convinced Esprit to offer the tour again. This year’s tour will be October 6th-16th.


I will be along as a guest lecturer and the tour will be led by Esprit guide, Keiko Nishi. Keiko will lead the group in a firm grounding in the arts of Japan as they relate to ceramics. I will be introducing the group to many of the wonderful ceramics artists in Kyoto, some area museums and visits to the ceramics areas of Shigaraki, Bizen and Tamba.


The travel party is limited to only 12 and we are announcing the tour to our mailing list readers first. After you have the opportunity to consider signing up the tour will be announced to Esprit’s mailing list as well. If you are interested in the tour, please contact Esprit directly via email at to request a registration form and further information on pricing for singles or any other information you may need in order to make a decision. You can see more about the detailed tour itinerary here:



I hope that you consider joining us for what will surely be a most inspirational and memorable visit to Japan and the grand ceramic traditions that await your discovery.

Exhibitions and Other News

At the gallery we have a few exhibitions planned and it all begins on March 28th for Inayoshi Osamu’s second exhibition. As many know, Inayoshi is an innovative and supremely talented potter from central Japan; the exhibition will end on April 6th. Next will be a debut exhibition here of Iga’s Tanimoto Yo from April 11th-25th with new sculptural forms from this well-established artist.


Single works recently added to the web gallery include a Mashiko chawan by the late great Murata Gen, new radical forms by Seto’s Takeuchi Shingo, a rare circa 1970 Shigaraki stemmed guinomi by Tsuji Seimei and many Bizen serving platters by Hoshino Sei, among others.

I realize many of you might not be on Facebook, yet if you are and haven’t ‘Liked’ our gallery page and would like to be updated more frequently than please visit that page at:

With deep thanks for all your continued support of the gallery and artists and culture: we hope to see you online or here at the gallery—and hopefully on the Esprit Tour.


Robert Yellin

Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Ginkakuji-mae-cho 39, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu, JAPAN 606-8407
Phone- Int’l: 81-75-708-5581, fax: 81-75-708-5393
Within Japan: 075-708-5581, fax: 075-708-5393


So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

One thought on “Robert Yellin’s Neswletter: Ceramics of Japan Tour with Esprit Travel”

  1. Hi Robert! What a great tour. Can’t make it only because the universities are in progress during that time. If you ever have this sort of wild event during semester breaks, I would certainly join!


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