Arita-yaki, The History of the First Porcelain in Japan

By Staff Writer
January 26, 2024
Arita ware (Arita-yaki) is a traditional porcelain produced in Arita Town, Saga Prefecture. They are also called Imari ware (Imari-yaki) since they were shipped from Imari Port. The first production of porcelain in Japan was in Arita Town, in the 17th century. In the early 1600s, white porcelains were mostly dyed with patterns in a single blue color, but later some brightly-colored products were made. Subsequently, Arita ware products began their exportation, which main destination was Europe. In the Edo period, vibrant products with red and gold hues emerged, finding their way to global markets through exportation. After 1850, the products gained recognition at the World Expo held in Europe. Arita ware is loved by some European royals, and today, we can find collectors of this porcelain all around the world.
A vase with brightly colored flowers
A plate painted in red and gold
A white porcelain cup with floral prints
Three brightly-colored vases on a table
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