Let's begin with this huge cat :) Tokoname is a famous destination for pottery fan like me. Located by the ocean, this small city has been making a variety of ceramics, especially pots for making green tea for a long time. When you take them at someone's home, you probably notice a chestnut-colored pot with cups. Yes, it is from Tokoname City.
For the record... I took it in a tea factory I visited last year, 2014:)
(I posted it here by the way ;)
When you arrive at there, you can see a dozen of brick chimneys stood toward the sky. Although most of them aren't available now, it has us feel like coming a special place. So let's take a tour :)
Because it was in the middle of New Year Holiday, few workshops were opened.
A couple of months ago, I went to Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, located in Seto, Aichi Prefecture. It’s been quite a long time since I visited last time. Growing up near the museum, my parents sometimes brought me to see and experience how to make ceramics. But, for a child like me, there was no fun being there. Hundreds of resemble ceramic crafts are displayed all the way, and I hardly knew how to enjoy it. Absolutely, I
had had no interest in it until I became familiar with Japanese tea. This tea culture includes not only tea itself, but also the way of taking tea, sweets, and cups and other things. Gradually, it reminds me of a famous museum just 30 minutes away from my hometown. So I headed my car toward it in a cold day of November, 2014.
Surprisingly, we can take pictures of most of their collection. In addition, there were few people inside. Several, I remember, no more than 10 people.
So I began to
A half day isn’t enough to see them all. When you feel tired, there is a cool tea room you just pay $5 to enjoy drinking. You can choose your favorite pot displayed in the room to
take. They also have quite valuable ones. (Of course you can have a drink with it if you want :)
When I look back at the year of 2014, the first thing comes up in my mind is "We can go such a long distance if we make as much effort as possible". Not only my mental health, but also many other matters that weren't even interested in the beginning of the year. I still remember the day I began to draw pictures on 27th of December, 2013. And through 2014, I kept on doing it. Even the time I didn't have pencils for that, I drew whatever I had at that time, with my ball point across my daily note.
And, of course, my passion for food grows further. I started wandering around many markets to find something new and fresh, something we only can see there. However, what I love the most is people working. Early in the morning, before sunrise, filled with loud voices and shouting. There is never like this atmosphere anywhere else.
2014 was traveling year as well. I spent much more time being out of Tokyo than ever. My hometown,
One notable thing was, I've read over 250 books in 2014. It was absolutely the top record in my life. For instance, a psychology book of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Symposium of Plato, and Mind Map of Tony Buzan. Those are my favorites. I hope I can make another record this year.
After quitting previous work, I focused on doing something on my computer. It's tough, for sure, but I want to do my best at least for the time being.
Strangely enough, some of my friends started to ask me to use my pictures for their websites and fliers. I didn't mean to sell them at first though, I accepted with a big smile because it may be better if my lovely pictures are seen by a lot of people. So...
I take pictures this 2015, too :)