In the Edo period, many clans
strictly guarded the ceramic industry. The clan's ceramic production was also
highly regulated with an orientation towards producing outstanding presents for
the shogunate’s family, and gifts for other noble families. Products were prohibited
from being sold without permission. As a result, the ceramics improved in
quality, and masterpieces from the Edo period became renown throughout Japan.
The tradition has continued to this day. The Kyushu Region was especially
famous for ceramic production, and masterpieces are still being made there now.
A few well-known examples are Satsuma-ceramics from the Shimazu family,
Hirado-ceramics from the Matsuura family, Takatori-ceramics from the Kuroda
family, and Nabeshima-ceramics from the Nabeshima family. However, after the
Meiji Restoration, the head of the Yanagawa clan discontinued the production of
Kamachi-ceramics. Thus, it is now referred to as "phantom