Straw wrapping

  

The other day I went to Imari in Saga prefecture. 

In Saga, Imari pottery and Arita pottery are famous.

Both are made by porcelain.

People wonder how they are different.

Long ago, the pottery made in Arita was brought to the port in Imari. 

Then they were packed in straw, like in this photo, and were sent overseas.

Those old pottery pieces were called Koimari.

Since pottery producers were united according area about 400 years ago, they were divided into Imari pottery and Arita pottery.

I was really impressed by the artistic protective straw wrapping at the museum.