A fine contempory Arita dish acquired in Japan in 1980.The beginning of Arita took place during Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s Imjin War in Korea. The fruitless 7 years of battle was brought to a close with Toyotomi’s death. During this time, many of the feudal lords, or daimyo, returned home from the Korean Peninsula bringing potters with them. Naoshige Nabeshima of the Nabeshima clan in Saga Prefecture was no exception. And then in the second year of the Genna Era (circa 1616), the potter Sanpei Li discovered deposits of white porcelain ore in Arita’s Izumiyama which became known as Japan’s first examples of porcelain goods to be fired. The potters who came from the Korean Peninsula settled in Arita and developed the Joseon Style of pottery which transformed into various methods such as the Chinese style, white porcelain, celadon porcelain and dyeing.