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Introduction to Jomon Culture and Cuisine

A taste of Jomon-period cuisine

A taste of Jomon-period cuisine


The Jomon period (14,000–350 BCE) covers a large span of Japan's prehistory. Hunter-gathering culture and distinctive pottery styles evolved throughout this long period. Much pottery from this time has been excavated at sites across Japan, including at the Sasayama site (a Jomon-period settlement) in Tokamachi, Niigata. Excavations at the Sasayama site have unearthed important Jomon-period artefacts such as the distinctive flame pots. The pots will be exhibited at the New Tokoamachi City Museum.

Flame pots are named for the pointed, flame-like designs that extend from the rim. They are believed to have been used during rituals and ceremonies for cooking purposes. Visitors to the museum and the Sasayama site can learn about Jomon culture and daily life during this period through exhibits of hunting tools (bows and arrows), clothing, and living spaces. The open-air restaurant at the Sasayama site offers a modern take on Jomon-period food cooked using flame-pot earthenware.


Subsidized Project
Introduction to Jomon Culture and Cuisine
Subsidized Organisation
Tokamachi City
Tokamachi City museum and Sasayama site
June 2020