Arita Ware is the porcelain which laid the foundation of Japanese ceramic ware. It has a long history going back to early 17th century when Korean potters found porcelain clay, materials of pottery, in Izumiyama, Arita Town, and baked pottery for the first time in Japan. That’s the start of long history of Japanese pottery. In those days, potteries were shipped from the Imari Port, as Arita did not face the sea. So people came to call them Imari ware. Arita wares are now known in foreign countries as “IMARI” which has long played a key role in introducing Japanese traditional beauty to the world. The design of Arita pottery has gradually changed due to the times and through relationship with foreign countries. Arita ware has developed many styles of arts including “early Imari style” in which patterns were painted in indigo blue and “Kinrande style” in which red and gold paints were abundantly used. We offer pottery demonstrations by a potter. There is also a facility where you can make drawings on pottery. Why don’t you try it as a memory of your trip?
Arita Town, Saga Prefecture
☎ (Arita Prefectural Tourist Association)