Japanese Imari (Arita) porcelain teacups
Japanese Arita teacup
Size: 9.3 cm (D) - 9 cm (H), Capacity: 330 ml (11.2 fl oz)
Imari porcelain (伊万里焼) is the name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, northwestern Kyūshū. Arita is the porcelain birthplace in Japan with 400 years history. In Japanese, these porcelains are also known as Arita-yaki (有田焼). They were exported to Europe extensively from the port of Imari, Saga, between the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century.
Arita Porcelain roots date back to 1616 when Sanpei Lee discovered porcelain stones in the Arita region and began production of the first Arita porcelain pieces. The craftsmanship, production, drawing techniques and unique designs with 400 years of history continue to make Arita porcelain number one in Japan.