Bengara, a red iron oxide pigment used for painting walls, textiles and pottery, was discovered in the copper mines of Fukiya in 1707. It brought prosperity to the village, evident in the grand Edo style architecture preserved on the main street.
The bengara factory has been reconstructed, and the equipment recreated, to show the process of creating this precious material. From the burning of the iron oxide in the sun and subsequently in a cauldron, to rinsing, and deacidifying the powder, each intricate step required to produce the red ochre is shown. Adjacent to the museum is a display of Kutani, Imari, and Kyo pottery painted with bengara.
Access: From JR Okayama Station, take the JR Hakubi Line to JR Bitchu Takahashi Station. Take the Bihoku Bus bound for Fukiya Furusato Village. It is about a 10 minute walk from the final bus stop.
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