Story of 1616 / arita japan

Aritayaki, a kind of Japanese pottery, finds its roots in the ancient ceramics town of Arita located on Kyushu Island in southern Japan. It was in this town, in the year 1616, that the Koreans first introduced the art of pottery to Japan. Up to today Arita still produces ceramics made by local craftsmen using the distinctive ingredient of clay made from crushed stone. Inspired by the profound experience and skills of local Arita craftsmen, designer and creative director Teruhiro Yanagihara developed a complete new ceramics brand for Momota–Touen Corporation. Named after its origins, 1616 / arita japan products are produced in the same factories as the original Arita pottery but take a complete different design approach. 1616 / arita japan stands for contemporary products that can be used everyday, though made with the extraordinary workmanship, thinness and strength of original Arita ware.

Teruhiro Yanagihara, the creative director of 1616 / arita japan, designed the Standard series and at the same time invited Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings to develop their own line named Colour Porcelain. Both contributions throw new light on Japanese tradition, mixing Asian craftsmanship with European culture. While Teruhiro Yanagihara experiments with the clay and the usage of the pottery, Scholten & Baijings emphasize the dialogue between applied art and everyday use by means of colour and form.

Arita is located in Saga Prefecture, northwest part of the island of Kyushu, Japan. It takes one hour by airplane from Tokyo, the capital of Japan.

About Momota Touen

Momota Touen is the manufacturer of the 1616 / arita japan collection. Its predecessor was engaged in the kiln-burning work under the superintendent of the Nabeshima clan Arita dressing officer office from 1647 (4th year of Shouhou 4th) to 1871 (Meiji 4th year). As we inherit the passion for ancestral pottery, Momota Touen continues to make uncompromising things with Arita's Kiln as a general trading company of Aritayaki. "1616 / arita japan" launched in 2012 got a high reputation from design stakeholders all over the world at Milano Salone opened for the first time in the same year and is now deployed in more than 18 countries, mainly in Europe.

Momota Touen
at Palace Hotel Tokyo

"Momota Touen" at Palace Hotel Tokyo is a flagship shop of 1616 / arita japan. From meeting and dialogue with Yanagihara Teruhiro who worked on the space, a concept of a new instrument was born, and 1616 / arita japan was born. The only group of brands in Tokyo is the only one, people from all over the world gather, and we are sending a new Aritayaki from this place to stay.