Beautiful bottles!!! All of them!!! Great to see antique bottles from Asia, puts new, refreshing perspectives on old bottles and the endless creativity of humans, everywhere!! Great finds!!!I'm in Japan right now and got the chance to go digging on Thursday (for you in America, that would be Wednesday). Went up way in the mountains looking for a village founded in 1888 and abandoned in 1972. The place had at one point had 14 houses. No one lives there anymore. It's pretty inaccessible too. It's an hour hike from the nearest inhabited village.
On the way up, I noticed that the trail was littered with shattered porcelain. Half way up the mountain, I ran across the remnants of a recent landslide. In the rubble was a fragment of an Oriental Shinyaku. It was a recent break and what made it all the more tragic was that I believe it was a rare and valuable variation.
Well after that, I could not for the life of me find the village (I looked it up later and turns out, I had taken a wrong turn on the trail). On my way down, I found an old grave site with lots of broken porcelain and bottles. An hour of searching resulted in a pinged Nikki juice bottle and a marble.
Gonna try again this Wednesday or Thursday. I'll also be posting soon some photos of my finds at antique stores. We'll see if I can actually find the village this time round.