Yamanashi Autumn 

Yamanashi is beautiful this time of year.


On the Corner


Anjo has some rather interesting buildings and a ton of greenery. I don’t get the chance to visit often anymore, though I do often go to the neighboring city of Okazaki a lot for work. I do miss my old school and many of the students. After talking with an ex-coworker, I may be heading back there at the end of the year for the bonenkai party. Hopefully there’ll be some people up for late night karaoke afterwards.

Anjo City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

That Time of Year Again Pt.2


There were many trees at Okazaki Aeon Mall and a lot of them had color-changing lights. All the tress were white with soft pastel details and lots of reflective decorations. From the skylights hung translucent snowflakes.

Handmade Bowl

Friday was a holiday, so I went to the mall with a friend. There was a small grouping of tabled set up where you could try to make your own pottery. 
The fee was ¥1200 for one piece, with an additional ¥700 fee if you wanted it shipped to your house after it was fired in the kiln. 

There were a few items you could learn how to make: two types of plates, two types of bowls, a mug, or an animal. I made a pie plate.

We got to hand sculpt our pieces under the instruction of a professional. We were taught how to work the clay on the wheel, how to make 3D adornments, and how to do etching cleanly. Then, we were asked what color glaze we wanted. I choose blue.

The piece need to finish its procrssing at the shop so I’ll have to wait until the new year to get it. I chose to have it sent to my home since the factory is a bit far out of the way.