Ambassador Endo Kazuya joins the Opening Reception of the YAKISHIME - Earth Metamorphosis Exhibition


On 03 July 2024, Ambassador ENDO Kazuya attended and delivered an insightful message at the opening reception of the “YAKISHIME – Earth Metamorphosis”, an exhibition organized by the Japan Foundation Manila, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, in Bonifacio Global City. The chair of the National Commission of Culture and Arts, Hon. Victorino Manalo, the Director of the Japan Foundation Manila, Mr. SUZUKI Ben, and the wife of the Ambassador, Madame ENDO Akiko, also graced the event.


The YAKISHIME – Earth Metamorphosis exhibit aims to highlight Yakishime, a traditional art form developed in Japan since the 12th century. It involves the rigorous yet delicate process of molding and forming clay under intense heat, which then results to the production of exquisite pieces of ceramics.
“As a remarkable part of Japanese culture, Yakishime’s international journey is essential in paving the way for cultural diplomacy and appreciation,” says Ambassador Endo during his speech in the event. He further adds, “It is my wish that many Filipinos will enjoy the fascinating culture of Yakishime and develop their own appreciation for Yakishime, its history, and the tireless artisans who have kept this art alive.”
The said exhibition will run from July 4 until July 31, 2024, at the 2nd Floor North Gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. Starting August 2024, it will continue its journey to the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA). Admission to the exhibition is free.