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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European Palaces’

THE MUSEUM OF ORIENTAL CERAMICS, OSAKA

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

Japan first began producing porcelain during the early 17th century in Hizen Province, now the city of Arita in Saga Prefecture. Techniques from Korea were used with aesthetics influenced by Chinese Jingdezhen porcelain, a popular style at that time. Since many of the products were created for export via the harbor of Imari, they later became known as Imari ware.

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka’s collection of export-quality Imari ware will be exhibited for the first time in Japan for this show that also includes decorative works on loan from the Suntory Museum of Art and the Kyushu Ceramic Museum; Aug. 16-Nov. 30.

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka; 1-1-26 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka. Naniwabashi Stn. 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. ¥1,200. Closed Mon. 06-6223-0055; www.moco.or.jp