The Koransha Company has a proud tradition. In 1603, Ri Senpei discovered abundant kaolin (a substance needed to produce porcelain) in Arita, allowing Eizaemon Fukagawa and other Japanese potters to make porcelain without relying on foreign sources. During the Edo Period (1600-1868), the local government protected the ceramic industry. Moreover, Japan was isolated from the world, creating an environment for Japanese potters to develop unique styles and techniques. With the Meiji Restoration (1868), the Tokugawa shogunate relinquished its powers to the Imperial family, and Japan opened up to world trade. The Meiji Period (1868-1912) was a time for Japanese potters to carve their own paths. In 1875, the 8th generation Eizaemon Fukagawa established Koransha and embarked onto the world stage. Their ceramic works immediately won international awards, including one at the Philidelphia Exhibition. For over 150 years, Koransha continued developing its process and techniques, winning many international awards along the way. They have also gained favor by the Japanese Emperor. To this day, Koransha is a preeminent pottery in Japan, and the Koransha style and 'feel is loved throughout the world. See "Company Profile". Koransha. Retrieved 2014-11-05.