Ceramics fairs, opened to liven up competitive shows, have become events on a national network.
The first ceramics competition show was held in Keiunji temple sponsored by Koransha President Eizaemon Fukagawa and Teiichi Tashiro, president of the Arita Porcelain Ceramic Association in March of 1896 (Meiji 29). Since then a competitive show has been opened annually and in 1948 (Showa 23) the period was fixed to be from April 29 to May 5.
In the 1915 (Taisho 4) competitive show, Rokusuke Fukagawa, the leader of the community young men's association, made an appeal to the ceramic shops for a blanket clearance sale of unplaced and off-grade wares, which was the start of a ceramics fair. The members helped make the fair successful by issuing raffle tickets and carrying purchased wares to Arita and Kami-Arita stations at no charge. Competitive shows had been the mainstream before World War II. Nowadays, however, ceramics fairs have become so popular that each of the annual great fairs is crowded with over 600 ceramic ware shops and more than 700 thousand people from all over the country.