Introduced to Europe in the 17th century by the East India Company, Arita ware, one of Japan’s representative brands of porcelain, became an overnight sensation. At the time, European royals and nobles gave Arita ware high praise and referred to them as “white gold,” competing to collect them as symbols of their wealth and authority.
Now, on the occasion of their 400th anniversary, the Arita ware industry is about to change drastically. While standing upon their traditions, the potters are attempting to give birth to a new kind of Arita ware. They are creating novel designs for the world to enjoy.
This program introduces Arita’s 400-year history through the eyes of young and energetic artist Miwa Komatsu. We look forward to seeing the new “Arita” creations that Miwa will create, along with Sakaida Kakiemon XV, who has taken on the preservation of the traditions of Arita ware, that will lead them to the next 100 years.