The Kouraku Kiln was founded in 1865 in Arita, Saga Prefecture, where Japan’s porcelain originates. For over 150 years the kiln has operated without interruption. Today, run by the 5th generation, the kiln is producing and designing modern and classic Arita ware. Now artists from around the world come to learn from the kiln’s skilled craftsman and this lends a creative atmosphere to the kiln. The Tokunaga family is part of the Lee Sanpei clan, the founder of Arita ware. Because they had no successor at the end of the Edo period, the Yoshi-emon kiln adopted Torasuke the first. This first generation produced porcelain brazier. The second generation produced household tableware. The third generation, along with the surrounding kiln in Arita, produced war time goods. The fourth generation created a line of commercial tableware. The fifth and current president is actively designing and producing modern and classic arita ware that is inspired by the essence of Japanese culture.