Banko Ware is famous as an earthenware pot, and the Banko earthenware pot has an 80 to 90 percent share of the market in Japan. Banko Ware has an amazing high fire resistant so that it is perfect for earthenware pots that are fired directly by an open flame. Modern Banko Wares also tend to be very rigid and strong, making it durable for years to come. 

Dishwasher Safe No (Hand Wash Only)
Microwavable No
Oven Safe No
Open Flame Safe Yes
Material Ceramic (Banko-Yaki, Yokkaichi, Mie)
Type Pots / Casseroles
Usage Soup
Country of Origin Japan


6GO (Serves 1) φ190 mm / φ7.5" 220 x 110 mm / 8.7 x 4.3"H 0.9 ℓ / 30 oz.
8GO (Serves 2-3) φ250 mm / φ9.8" 300 x 155 mm / 12 x 6.1"H 2.3 ℓ / 77 oz.
9GO (Serves 4-5) φ280 mm / φ11.0" 335 x 170 mm / 13 x 6.7"H 3.2 ℓ / 108 oz.



Since Donabe casserole is made from clay that is materially porous, filling the tiny pores in the pot by pre-seasoning process prevents any breakage and damage and extends your Donabe's life.

Fill Donabe about 80 - 90% with rice water** (the water after you rinse rice) and bring to a boil.
After the water starts boiling, turn down the heat to low and simmer for 20 - 30 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let cool.
Throw out the rice water and rinse out Donabe.
Dry with cloth and let air dry completely before using.
**You can actually cook some leftover rice in it with water, making a porridge as a pre-seasoning process. Or add flour or potato starch to the water instead of using rice water. (In that case, the ratio would be 9: 1 (water: flour/potato starch).


Dry with cloth and let air dry completely before using.
Not to be used for deep frying.
Make sure the exterior of the pot is completely dry before heating, or the material may expand and crack.
Do not start cooking anything with a very high flame - this pot is not for flash cooking! It is for slow cooking stews and soups.
Do not heat empty; make sure there is some liquid when on a flame.