The torrential downpours that hit Kyushu last week have had a major impact on Koishiwaratsuzumi in Toho, Asakura City, an area renowned for its production of pottery and ceramics. The area is no longer officially recognized as isolated, but the collapse of the road that links to Hoshuyama has meant that the village is still divided into sections. There are said to be around 40 kilns in the area, but the Koishiwara Pottery Cooperative has revealed that a considerable number have experienced damage to their workshops and premises. Some kilns are reported to have been covered in one meter of earth and sand, leaving owners wondering whether or not it will be possible to restart their businesses. Source: Mainichi Shimbun, 7/10/2017
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