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Imari Arita Yaki

Imari-Arita Ware


It is beginning of Imari Arita Yaki that clay for chinaware which is raw materials of porcelain was discovered in Arida Izumiyama by Sanpei Ri of ceramist whom Saga feudal lord who participated in the Korea dispatch of troops by Hideyoshi Toyotomi of the end of 16th century brought back from Korea.

The origins of Imari Arita Yaki date back to the end of the 16th century when the Saga clan, which had been involved in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's campaigns in Korea, brought back the potter, Li Sanpei who discovered porcelain stone at Mount Arita Izumi, in northern Kyushu. The porcelain that was subsequently made there was the first to be produced anywhere in Japan and was originally called Imari Yaki, simply because it was shipped through the port of Imari.


Karatsu Yaki

Karatsu Ware


About beginning of Karatsu Yaki, there are some opinions, but it is said that it has been already baked at the end of the 16th century.

Although disputed, it seems likely that Karatsu Yaki was being made in this area even before the 1592 campaigns to Korea. The name is abbreviated from a ware made in the area of Matsuura where there were a number of kilns producing Taku kokaratsu, Hirado kokaratsu, and Takeo kokaratsu. It was, however, the ware from the Matsuura kokaratsu kiln that finally gave its name to this particular style of pottery.