Fieldwork Japan

Fieldwork is a grass-roots non-profit organization founded by David Jack and Sachiko Matsunaga to encourage rural sustainability and foster understanding between cultures through shared experience. FW has facilities in 4 countries: Scotland, Hong Kong, Bangladesh and Japan.

Fieldwork Japan is located in the rural hamlets of Ogami and Imadani, five kilometers from the center of Sasayama. Sasayama is an old castle town located in the Tanba region of Hyogo Prefecture, about an hour by train from Osaka. Tanba is one of Japan’s Six Ancient Kiln sites. John Dix is the resident potter at Fieldwork. Along with producing his own work, John offers workshops and classes throughout the year. He fosters a community with both local folks and people from around the world coming together for the purpose of making great pots.

The Ogami facilities consist of a pottery studio, anagama kiln, kitchen-dining room, and tea house. Above the studio is a large tatami room that can accommodate up to 6 people. A new multi-purpose studio with a relaxing loft expands the pottery studio, while also giving space for a variety of activities. 

In Imadani, a nearby village, there is a dormitory which can accommodate up to 6 people, with kitchen and bathing facilities.  There is also an organic garden in Imadani.  

Please view the 'Upcoming and Recent' page for a list of upcoming events.

Become a member

Friends of Ogami (FOO) 10,000¥ a year


2,000¥ a night (FOG Members 1,500¥)

Available for special events

Contact John for further information.

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Fieldwork International

Fieldwork Japan is part of Fieldwork International. There are also facilities in Hong Kong, Bangladesh and Scotland.