THE STORY OF KORANSHA
The Origin of Koransha's Arita Ware
Over four centuries ago, in a small Japanese town, a new type of stone was discovered. This white stone was the key to manufacturing porcelain and created a new style of porcelain pottery. This was the birth of Arita ware. These porcelain products are the namesake of the town where the precious white stone was discovered, Arita.
One of the original manufacturers of Arita Ware still continues to create beautiful works of porcelain today. Koransha, the oldest standing creator of Arita Ware and porcelain tableware in Japan. Using techniques and traditional craftsmanship handed down through generations, Koransha remains one of the world's most well-respected brands in the porcelain manufacturing industry.
The Arita Ware products that Koransha specializes in are fine, decorative porcelain products used as vases, decorations, bowls, dinner sets, teacups, and other homeware. Since Koransha’s inception in 1689, by our founding father Matashiro Fukagawa, we have been renowned for our magnificent Arita Ware products. Koransha has been a main supplier of Arita porcelain to Japan’s imperial household for over 3 centuries.
The Origin of Koransha's Arita Ware
The prestigious recognition did not stop here, though. In the 1870s, when Japan opened up trade with the rest of the world, Koransha began to ship luxury Arita Ware around the world. There was significant demand for the high-quality products in Western Europe, with royalty and noble families collecting our unique porcelain creations. The Koransha Arita Ware products were highly touted collector’s items and a sign of wealth. They are still sought after today by antique dealers and collectors around the world.
It was at this time that the company was formally incorporated. In 1879, an eighth-generation descendant of the company's founder, Eizaemon Fukagawa, formed Koransha as it is known today. The core value of the company was to preserve the tradition and technique of generations of crafting Arita Ware while continuing to innovate using modern technology. This principle defines the whole story of Koransha and is still the basis of our company today.
How Does Koransha Uphold Tradition
After Over Four Centuries?
At Koransha, our entire mission is to create better products for customers while passing down ancient techniques and traditions. The treasure trove of knowledge passed down to new generations of Koransha employees is crucial to our company’s success. Apprentice artisans at Koransha learn and hone their skills under the guidance of masters, a tradition that has continued for hundreds of years and will continue for many more.
Every piece of Arita ware that Koransha manufactures is a combined team effort. With so many different stages of manufacturing, the team has to work together if they want to create pieces that are faithful to the original design. Every artisan involved in the creation of Koransha Arita Ware is devoted to the tradition and history of Koransha. We honor our forefathers and masters who went before us with every piece of artwork we create.
The unwavering commitment to faithfully reproduce original designs is what creates the unique quality and prestige for which Koransha Arita Ware products are renowned.
What makes Koransha Arita Ware so Special?
The unique nature of Koransha Arita Ware is one of the main ingredients to our success. The design, style, and colors of our porcelain products set us apart from all other Arita Ware manufacturers in Japan. The process and intricate details used to create these magnificent products show true mastery of the craft by our Koransha artisans.
Aside from the 400 years of history behind every piece of Arita Ware, our products are special because they are always made to the highest standards. Traditionally, each step of porcelain production was divided among different places in Arita, Japan. Different companies would do under glazing, glazing, overglazing, and firing. But, at Koransha, we have bought the entire Arita Ware manufacturing process in-house at our own kilns. We are now able to quality check every product throughout the whole process.
When making porcelain, clay is poured into a plaster mold which gives it its shape. If the plaster mold is not perfect, the quality of porcelain is dramatically affected. We have shown our willingness to innovate and move with the times, by implementing computer-controlled machines to produce flawless plastic molds. At the manufacturing kilns, we use machines where they are the most efficient and effective options. Which allows our artisans and craftsmen to focus on what they do best: the design, overglazing, and decorating. This combination of advanced technology and craftsmanship is one of the reasons Koransha’s Arita Ware is so special.
The Koransha of Today
At Kornasha, we continue to strive for excellence. We challenge ourselves every day to produce the best Arita Ware products in the world. The principles of innovation and tradition define our company and have so for the past four centuries. Koransha’s long reign of success and recognition can be attributed to our deep desire to create the best Arita Ware. We have done this by challenging the status quo, without letting hundreds of years of technique and traditional craftsmanship die.
Our current president, Yuji Fukagawa, a 15th generation descendant of Matashiro Fukagawa, the Koransha founder, has been in charge of the company since 2013. His willingness to uphold tradition while driving the company forward is clear. His goal is to expand the awareness of Arita Ware outside of Japan and to continue to teach the next generation of Arita Ware artisans. He intends to keep Koransha Arita Ware going ‘In Spirit and In Quality’.
Each porcelain product the company produces is a credit to the forefathers of Koransha. We strive to uphold the level of excellence that has been demanded of the company for hundreds of years. Not only are our products found in royal and imperial households, but leading galleries and restaurants in Japan and the Western world. The level of quality of Koransha Arita Ware products has lead top chefs in cities like New York to serve their meals on our products.
Koransha has products to suit every customer's taste or style. Whether you need a vase, teacups, or a dinner set, Koransha’s website has something for you. These special Arita Ware products have a place in history, shop for yours today.