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This distinct type of wares got its name from the Sumida River running near the Asakusa pottery district near Tokyo. Sumida pottery has often been called by many names - Poo ware, Sumidagawa, Banko, or Asakusa Banko.
The style of applied figures on a surface with flowing glaze was invented about 1890 by the Seto potter Ryosai I, who worked in Tokyo from about 1875 to 1900. This pottery is no longer being made.