Kyushu travel guide (Japan Guide)

Kyushu travel guide (Japan Guide)

Saga Prefecture Arita & Imari Arita (有田) and Imari (伊万里) are two towns in western Saga Prefecture that are known for pottery. They were the first place in Japan where porcelain was produced about 400 years ago after kaolin - the mineral essential to making porcelain - had been found at a local mountain and craftsmen with the necessary skills had been brought from Korea into the country. The new technology was an extremely valuable resource for the local ruler because porcelain was better and stronger than contemporary pottery and sold very well inside and outside of Japan. The town of Arita and the isolated...
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