The tiny hamlet of Onta sits deep in a forest about ten miles by narrow
road from the nearest country highway. Eleven families have been making
traditional folk pottery here for the past 300 years -- the Japanese
government has declared the entire village a "Living National
Treasure." Mr. Sakamoto has been working for some sixty years in the
same room, adorned only by a calligraphy that aptly sums up Japanese
functional art: "Beauty. Use." You can't have one without the other.
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