The areas of Arita and Imari were the birthplaces for Japanese porcelain and continue to be connected to pottery today, evident by the pottery that dots the surrounding landscape. At the clay market held each spring you can learn about the history of the pottery and town. Why not immerse yourself in the deep history of porcelain at the place where it all started?
A museum with displays that include historic ceramics from the areas of Kyushu, as well as the works of current artists. The 101 pieces of ornamental Imari porcelain exported to Europe during the Edo period that comprise the Kanbara Collection are especially magnificent. Even if you only have one day to spend in Kyushu make sure to stop by the authority on Kyushu pottery, the Kyushu Ceramic Museum.
Kakiemon has become synonymous with painted porcelain. A characteristic of Kakiemon is the way the bright decorations are applied while still emphasizing the milky white color of the porcelain.
At the Kotoji Museum you can see the evolution of Kakiemon porcelain, in which the local persimmon (source of the red color) and old pine (fuel for kilns) of this area played an influential role.
Koransha, a representative and long-time maker of porcelain goods in Arita, is well known as being used by the Imperial family. Koransha works have won multiple awards at World Fairs held around the world and have gained a strong reputation overseas. We now offer an extremely diverse array of pieces including elegant red designs, classic blue and red designs that were popular in Europe, and our green series.