Have you heard of Haniwa?

I recently visited Miyazaki City, Japan, and checked out Heiwadai Peace Park. Nestled in the park are these crazy cool clay figurines called Haniwa.

What are Haniwa?

Dating back to the Kofun period of Japan in the 3rd to 6th century these water-based clay figures were designed for ritual use and buried with the dead.

The word Haniwa means “circle of clay”, referring to the shape in which the pottery was arranged above the tomb. These ancient terracotta clay figures reveal much about the people of Japan during the Kofun period, a highly aristocratic society focused on military might.

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