Road Through Miyama

Philip, Leila

Published by Vintage, 1991
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Synopsis: A memoir of the author's apprenticeship to a master potter in Japan provides a guide to an exacting craft, a personal portrait of the village, and a perceptive look at the cultural roots of modern Japan

Review: Leila Philip - blonde, blue-eyed American - spent from 1983 to 1985 as a potter's apprentice in the small Japanese village of Miyama. There she learned pottery through observation and painstaking repetition; using this same attention to detail she learned about people and traditions. The Road to Miyama is full of the history and personalities of this small town originally settled by Korean potters captured and brought to Japan at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Pottery remains the industry of this village of six hundred, as well as its signature: "Everywhere in the weeds are ancient black pots. Bits of black pottery crunch underfoot on all the pathways; the earth itself is potshards." In her daily walks, conversations with villagers, and research, Leila Philip comes to learn about life and art in this country where "even the [potter's] wheel spins in the opposite direction from wheels at home." Through her mesmerizing prose she gives us history lessons, takes us to the site of an ancient abandoned communal kiln, tells us about the harvesting of rice and takenoko (bamboo), describes the firing process that lasts many hours. On every subject, the language is beautiful - smooth, elegant, and full of substance. The Road to Miyama speaks much about Leila Philip's experience as a potter, yet it moves far beyond the individual to become a testament to a way of life. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Erica Bauermeister

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Title: Road Through Miyama
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 1991
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