‘Arita-ware’ is a porcelain produced centering on Arita Town, Saga Prefecture, and is also called ‘Imari’ or ‘Ko-Imari’, since it was shipped from ‘Imari’, a port town near Arita.
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...Read More