12th Taroemon Nakazato（Muan） 1895～1985
12th Taroemon Nakazato was born in Saga prefecture as the second son of 11th Taroemon Nakazato.
Real name is Shigeo and his alias is Muan.
1914 Completed the Saga prefectural arita industrial school special course.
1927 Named 12th Taroemon Nakazato.
1929 Excavation survey of Old karatsu kilns and research on production techniques.
1941 Designated as the Technology preservation artist by the ministry of commerce and industry.
1955 Selected as the Intangible cultural asset by the cultural properties protection committee.
1957 Became the deputy general manager of the Japan crafts association kyushu branch.
Takako Suganomiya imperial princess came to the kiln.
The work exhibited at the Japan arts crafts exhibition was purchased by the ministry of culture of the Soviet union.
1959 Chichibunomiya imperial princess came to the kiln.
The work of the Japanese traditional craft exhibition was purchased by the government and displayed at the National museum of modern art.
1961 Made the blue karatsu jar to be offered to the emperor.
1962 Takamatsunomiya imperial princess came to the kiln.
1966 Received the award from Karatsu city as a merit worker.
Received the award from Saga governor as the merit worker.
Received the purple ribbon medal.
1967 The work exhibited at the Japanese traditional crafts exhibition was purchased by the agency for cultural affairs.
1969 Blue ido tea bowl was purchased by the agency for cultural affairs.
Received the order of the sacred treasure, gold rays with rosette.
Received another name from “Sohaku Douou” and “Muan” from Daitokuji 512th Sonen Komei.
1970 White porcelain jar was displayed at the Osaka world expo guest house.
Received the West japan culture award.
1972 Tomohito Mikasanomiya imperial prince and Yuriko Mikasanomiya imperial princess came to the kiln.
1976 Certified as the Human national treasure in Karatsu ware.
1985 Received the order of the rising sun, gold rays with rosette.
Fascinated by the simple and powerful style of the Momoyama period,
Restored the Old karatsu technique.
The current rise of Karatsu ware is due to his achievements,
He is the leader of Karatsu ware who has the name in Japanese ceramic history.