According to archeological evidence, Japanese ceramics is among the earliest in the world, dating back to the 11th millennium B.C., marking the beginning of the Jomon-era. From the beginning of the following Yayoi-era around 300 B.C., with the introduction of continental technologies like the cultivation of rice, Japanese ceramics was heavily influenced by other countries over the ages. The Japanese came, however, to develop styles peculiar to their native country.
Nowadays, there are many types of Japanese ceramics. Each area has its own unique style. The modern history of Japanese ceramics is closely related to that of the tea ceremony.