The Beauty of Traditional Japanese Porcelain and Elegant Edo Porcelain: The World of Ko-imari

Okada Museum Of Art

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The first porcelain in Japan was produced in Arita Town in the mountains of Hizen (Saga Prefecture today) at the beginning of the Edo period (1603–1868). Hizen porcelain was developed into the three major Japanese porcelain styles; Ko-Kutani ware with its brilliant colors and bold designs, Kakiemon ware with its gentle milky-white body, and Nabeshima ware which was produced as a gift to the Tokugawa shogunate or the feudal lord in control of the Saga domain. In this exhibition, approximately 70 pieces from the three major styles of Hizen porcelain are introduced, including the newly acquired pieces in our collection.

The porcelain produced widely in the region of Hizen, with Arita as the center, was referred to as Imari, which was named after the port from which the porcelain ware was shipped. Imari ware produced during the Edo period (1603 – 1868) was referred to as Ko-Imari. Porcelain pieces for daily-use, including plates, bowls, choko (sake cups) and mame-zara (small plates) are exhibited. They are more familiar to people than the high-quality “Hare” (gorgeous and special occasion) ware for wealthy people including Ko-Kutani, Kakiemon and Nabeshima. We hope you enjoy the world of Ko-Imari.

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Lecture “The Special Traits of Japanese and Chinese Ceramics”
Date: May 29 (Sun) 13:00-14:30
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from April 08, 2016 to August 30, 2016



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