The Shingama kiln was founded in 1830: “Shin” meaning new and “gama” a contraction of noborigama. With the patronage of the local feudal lord, they soon became a prominent producer.
Porcelain was discovered near Amakusa island in the south-west of Japan around 1616. At the same time, new kiln designs were introduced. The noborigama was a “climbing” kiln positioned on a hill so that the heat from a lower chamber would pre-heat the one above and the kiln became much more thermodynamically efficient and large scale production could begin.