The Modernization of Porcelain
Arita is known as the birthplace of Japan’s porcelain industry. Porcelain produced in the town of Arita was exported to Europe extensively from the second half of the 17th century through the East India Company, receiving high acclaim in international exhibitions, namely the Paris Expo in the late 19th century. At the same time Arita had succeeded in manufacturing Japan's first porcelain insulator, and furthermore from the shadows had supported the nation’s course of modernization including the development of the telegraph and the railways. The area’s intermittently prosperous history is reflected in its city’s streets in which Japanese styles and Western styles appear to integrate and coexist. In addition “Tonbai Fences” that are made out of used fireproof bricks from climbing-kilns and old-fashioned potteries, are a unique feature that is observed solely in the town of Arita.