The beauty of Kyo-gawara tiles.
Shoki-san is a small sculpture made of Kyoto roof tile clay.
He was an intelligent man who passed the examination to enter the emperor’s palace during the Tang dynasty.
One night, he appeared in the emperor’s dream and cured him from an illness caused by evil demons.
Even now, the Chinese put the image of Shoki-san on the door in the end of the year to drive away evil spirits. In Japan, Shoki-san has been associated with the Boy’s Day celebration from Muromachi period.
Asada Seigawara Tile Factory is one of the rare places that still produce Shoki-san, executing all the production processes by hand.
The majestic figure of Shoki-san with a beautiful silver glow is a unique product made with great care by the hands of skillful Kyoto artisans.