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Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified Japan in the 16th century, invaded Korea with the view of annexing the Korean Peninsula.  The Nabeshima family, then feudal lord of present Saga Prefecture, took part in the invasion as one of the followers of Hideyoshi,captured Lee Sanpei, the greatest ceramist in Korea, and ordered him to produce white porcelains in Arita. This was Japan’s first white porcelains. From the 17th to the beginning...

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Japan’s rice cultivation took root in the Yayoi period and the people began to settle down in the same place going with rice farming.    As wet-rice cultivation was introduced into Japan in 300B.C. and spread across the country within only a few hundred years, many ruins from those days, large and small, can be found everywhere in Japan.  Among these ruins, this Yoshinogari is the largest one and is opened to the public as a...

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