He was intrigued when Keller picked up a special old Imari pot.
The porcelains of Arita were carried to the neighboring town of Imari for sale and shipment.
Hence the ware came to be known to Japanese and foreigners alike as Imari-yaki (yaki = anything baked; hence ware).
It differed from Imari-yaki in the milky whiteness and Nabeshima.
The Imari ware, even though its thick biscuit and generally ungraceful shapes be omitted from the account, shows no enamels that can rival the exquisitely soft, broken tints of the famille rose; and the Kakiemon porcelain, for all its rich though chaste contrasts, lacks the delicate transmitted tints of the shell-like kwan-yao.
To the norti of Nagasaki are the bays of Hakata, Karatsu and Imari.