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Renewed monument in Nagasaki Pref. just the cup of tea for Instagrammers

A huge monument of a Japanese teapot and teacup promoting Sechibaru tea is seen after its renewal, in the Nagasaki Prefecture city of Sasebo, on May 22, 2019. (Mainichi/Yasuyo Wada)

SASEBO, Nagasaki -- A giant monument of a Japanese teapot and cup promoting tea produced here in this city's Sechibaru district, which was recently renewed, now shows traditional porcelain paintings and is attracting attention as Instagrammable site.

The at least 2-meter-tall monument of a teapot pouring tea into a cup was built about 27 years ago in Itayama Park in the city of Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, to promote Sechibaru tea.

Before its renewal, the teacup only had words describing the area as a tea-growing district. Paintings including those depicting karako, or Chinese children, which is a distinctive feature of Mikawachi ware -- a type of tradition Japanese porcelain produced in Sasebo -- were added to the teacup this spring.

In regards to the renewed monument, now promoting local tea in collaboration with traditional porcelain, a city official stated, "Please take time to look at and enjoy paintings including those depicting karako, drawn by former Mikawachi ware craftspeople."

(Japanese original by Yasuyo Wada, Sasebo Bureau)

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