1616 / Arita

1616 / Arita Porcelain Chrysanthemum Plates


1616 / Arita is a contemporary brand of porcelain tableware that finds its roots in the 400-year old tradition of Arita-yaki. Designer Teruhiro Yanagihara developed this new series of ceramics using the traditional technique of clay made of crushed stone but with a different composition, which resulted in a high-density porcelain that makes the pottery extremely strong and heat and stain-resistant, even without glaze.

This series of versatile plates are based on the chrysanthemum motif, one of Japan's most important and symbolic flowers. The unglazed finish creates a graceful and sophisticated feel that is equally satisfying to touch as it is to eat off of. They're available in 3 sizes:

Small - 4.3 x 0.8 in (110 x 20 mm)
A mame-zara (or bean plate) perfect for condiments or small hors d'oeuvres.

Medium - 6.5 x 0.9 in (166 x 23 mm)
A desert plate suitable for a slice of cake or a side dish.

Large - 9 x 0.9 in (227 x 23.5 mm)
A dinner plate with a presence to compliment any main dish.


  • Designer: Teruhiro Yanagihara
  • Available in 3 sizes:
  • Material: Arita porcelain (unglazed)
  • Microwave, dishwasher and oven-safe
  • Handmade in Japan


Inspired by the profound experience and skills of local Arita craftsmen, 1616 / arita japan was founded for the purpose of connecting tradition to contemporary lifestyle. All products are produced in the same factories as the original Arita pottery but take a completely different design approach.

The number signifies the year arita-yaki pottery was first introduced to Japan.