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NIIGATA – Flame pots: A time-transcending beauty of form from the Jomon period still alive in the city

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Flame pots are gathering attention. They are on display at the Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries at the British Museum and as part of the ongoing “Circles Of Stone Exhibition” at the Stonehenge visitor centre. These earthenware pots with a design so intricate and unparalleled in the world were created about 5,000 years ago in the basin of the Shinano River, Niigata Prefecture. Flame pots were first discovered at Umataka Site in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. The flame pot is still alive in Nagaoka City as a motif in the form of flame-pot-patterned maintenance hole covers and flame pot monuments, which can be seen here and there in the city.

This video shows the beautiful form of flame pots, a symbol of Jomon culture, which is highly appreciated as an origin of Japanese culture and how they are still alive in Nagaoka City as an icon.

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