2012/02/10

IMARI porcelain

 Imari is the name of a small city in Kyushu, one of the 4 major islands of Japan,and this island is the west one.
Imari city is situated in the western part of Kyusu, and it has been well known for the porcelain.
 Near here is another town of porcelain《Arita》,where a Korean potter found a quarry of kaolin at Izumiyama.  You can visit this quarry.


 And he made the very first Korean style white porcelain in Japan in the early 17th century.
 The porcelain made in this area was shipped from the port of IMARI, that's why it was called 
《IMARI》.

  A great master 《Kakiemon》succeeded in the creation of the porcelain with the design in red on the milk white background in the 1640s.
 In Arita there is a store 《kakiemon》.The present master Kakiemon is the 14th generation, designated as a living treasure.
 With the plenty of space, in the milk white background, the simple elegant design in persimmon red is painted.
Behind the store is a gallery, if you go out of the gallery, you can find a persimmon tree, legendary tree.
  The founder of 《kakiemon》 was strongly impressed with the color of the persimmon and created this persimmon red, his trademark.
《柿 kaki》of kakiemon means persimmon in Japanese.







This persimmon tree, in the fall you can see the persimmons.



 Now the local lord assembled the artists of 《akae》, which literally means 《red painting》(so the painting with colors),in the same area. This area was and   is called 《akae-machi/town》.
 Even now in this area there are porcelain stores, among them the most famous one is probably 《Imaemon》.  Imaemon was exclusively engaged in the 《akae》painting on the porcelain for the local lord.
 The type of the porcelain made in the workshops for the exclusive use of the lord is called
《Nabeshima》named after the lord Nabeshima.
 In the store of Imaemon you can appreciate the very graceful porcelain Nabeshima.
Present master of Imaemon is the 14th generation.

 The lord Nabeshima moved the workshops with the kilns to 《okouchiyama》area in Imari city to prevent the special technique of Nabeshima style from leaking out.
This area nestles in the valley and now there are 24 kilns.



 Even now there are lots of workshops ,stores and galleries in the town of Arita.
Let's visit another place 《Gen-e-mon》 which has 260- year-history.
 Here you can visit a wonderful museum of 《old Imari》. 《old Imari》was the one that was made during Edo period(17c-1868). 
Those Imaris of this museum were once exported to Europe, but later they were repurchased.
Imari porcelain was very much appreciated and loved by the European nobles.



Here you can visit the workshop, too.







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