Saturday, May 9, 2009

This Is What Happens When You Visit Mashiko...

I’m still in Poland, my projects for work are completed, and I am oh-so-ready to go home. However, it won’t happen for at least a few more weeks.

The upside of being in Europe in May is I’ll get to watch the Eurovision Song Contest. Live. This should more than make up for a lack of chou creams, Pockys, my favorite ice tea and Calbee chips.

In the meantime, my dear husband is having all sorts of good, wholesome fun back home. He went to Mashiko for some sort of a pottery event, looked around, liked what he saw, and the next thing I know, he’s making his own pottery!

For those who don’t know, Mashiko is famous for its pottery called Mashikoyaki (益子焼). The tradition of pottery making there dates back to the ancient days of the Jomon period. That’s old. And not just any plain old, but like really, really old.

However, the modern Mashikoyaki style is not that prehistoric, it was created around the mid 1800’s when some dude discovered that the local clay was just simply perfect for pottery-making.

Anyway, that was then, and this is now:

Post boxes 2
Big and clunky and terribly overpriced, if you want to know my opinion.

Mashiko market
Plates, bowls, dishes and who-knows-what else.

Moss heads
Because Chia Pets are like so 1990s. Now, it's Moss Heads where it's at. Everybody needs one.

Post boxes
Those Mashiko potters really have a thing mailboxes, don't they now?

And this is what Mr. Trouble made after only one day of playing with clay. He's a talented beast, I have to admit.
Vase

So, this is what happens when you visit Mashiko. You may end up making your own vases and plates. Consider yourself warned.


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