The history of ARITA began in 1616, when the Korean potter, Ri Sanpei, discovered kaolin at Mt. Izumiyama in Arita Area and made porcelain for the first time in Japan. Arita is the oldest porcelain style that currently exists in Japan, and is designated as a Traditional Crafts by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, since 1977.
An 18th Century Japanese Porcelain Dish from the Arita Kilns. The Dish has Moulded Relief Decoration in the Form of a Crane with Outstretched Wings Which is Decorated in Blue and White. For a very similar 18th century Japanese porcelain dish but decorated in enamels in addition to blue and white see : Japanese Export Porcelain, Catalogue of the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oliver Impey, Hotei Publishing, Amsterdam,2002) page 242 plate 426.