Imari / Arita porcelain is the European collectors' name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita in Kyushu and exported from the port of Imari, Saga during the Edo period (1603 - 1868). The kilns at Arita formed the heart of the Japanese porcelain industry after kaolin deposits were discovered, giving birth to the first piece of MADE-IN-JAPAN porcelain in the early 17th century. Imari porcelain features a number of traditional styles which fascinated the European nobility in the 17th century. The earliest decoration was blue & white, hand painted under glaze blue. The red overglaze technique was introduced later. Today, Minoru Kubota Pottery presents you with the 400-year- long Imari tradition while combining beauty with functionality.