Minoyaki, also known as Mino Ware, refers to the Japanese potteries made in Mino Province, in modern-day Gifu Prefecture, Japan.

Back to the period of civil wars in the 16th century, many traditional potters fled themselves to Mino and created new potteries from the colorful and iron-rich clay that the area was known for. Having received the support of Nobunaga Oda, a powerful leader who unified Japan in that period, Minoyaki were able to be developed into different styles. In 1978, it was certified as a traditional handiwork by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), while it is now the country's most popular pottery with a share of over 50%.

This modern pottery is a collaboration of new and old, not only because of the time that it was born but also because of the way that it was done. Without any strict rules, the way of making Mino Ware is quite flexible. Potters can keep the tradition while changing the way to meet the modern needs. It is very similar to the concept of Bird’s Eye Aquarium.

Acknowledgement: Gifu Prefectural Ceramics Research Institute is a semi-government organization setup for over 100 years, doing research and providing support for Minoyaki. It is the minoyaki supplier and decorator of Bird’s Eye Aquarium.