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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Raphaël Olivier – french photographer

Raphaël Olivier – french photographer

Kouraku Kiln was impregnated by the skills of this  french photographer  and world traveler who paid us a visit last year on May, 2015. We would like to invite you to discover his wonderful work at: http://www.raphaelolivier.com/singapore/photographer/asia/about/ This is what he said about us on his blog: [wc_testimonial by="Raphaël Olivier" url="http://www.raphaelolivier.com/blog/photographer/shanghai/china/asia/?tag=Kouraku#show-archive" position="left"] Kouraku porcelain factory, Arita, Japan. This is one of the oldest in the country and now almost completely abandoned. Back in 1865, when the factory started operations, it was a very successful enterprise. At the time, Kouraku was one of the biggest and most modern pottery factories in Japan, employing over 500 persons...
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