Stylish Old Imari ware, pottery designed to Edo tastes

Japanese porcelain production began in the end of 16th century in the northern part of the Kyushu island.

The new pottery was called Imari after the name of the shipping port.

During the early period, porcelain was expensive and only the rich could afford. At the turmoil of the Chinese dynasty in the middle of 17th century, exports of China ware to Europe stopped, and Japan became the export place of porcelain. Since then new techniques, designs and forms developed.

From the 18th to 19th century, as the daily life of the citizens activated, new entertainments developed as well as catering business. People enjoyed the wares with stylish designs in their tastes, which survive in our modern life.

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