Arita Ceramics Fair
Annual porcelain sale in the heart of Kyushu
The Arita Ceramics Fair is an annual event that takes place over the Golden Week holiday (April 29th - May 5th) in the town of Arita in Saga Prefecture. Arita is considered the birthplace of the porcelain industry in Japan, when Korean potters who had been brought back to Japan from the Korean peninsula military campaigns found clay outside the city that they soon turned into the finest ceramics.
Arita celebrated 400 years of porcelain history in 2016, and the town continues to define itself by its crafts. The annual ceramics fair counts nearly 500 individual stalls that stretch from JR Arita Station through the center of town. Around one million people make the journey to Arita every year to seek out the best bargains from the town's top kilns.