Aritayaki is Japanese pottery that has its roots in the ancient ceramic city of Arita, located on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan. It was in this city, in 1616, that the Koreans introduced the art of pottery to Japan. Arita still produces ceramics made by local artisans today using the distinctive ingredient of clay made from crushed stone. Inspired by the experience and deep skills of local Arita artisans, designer and creative director Teruhiro Yanagihara has developed a complete new brand of ceramics 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 completely different approach to design. 1616 / Arita Japan is synonymous with contemporary products that can be used every day, although they are made with the extraordinary finish, finesse and solidity of original Arita articles.