Turning Twenty-Nine

Happy Birthday to me! This week I turned 29 and to celebrate I spent my evening clipping coupons and attempting to watch T.V while wearing my new kitty socks, shaking my new pom poms and wondering what to do with 30 hello kitty party bags, all courtesy of adorable Eden, who handpicked these gifts especially for me. Matt is working a swing shift so starts late afternoon and doesn’t get home until the early hours. We did manage to get a family lunch in at a gourmet pizza restaurant, which was delicious, and pricey despite steering clear of the $100 pizza, yes, you read that right! We thought we would save that for a date night!

Come Saturday I was ready to be spoilt! We started our day with a family run, nothing like the fear of nearly turning thirty to motivate you to get into shape, of course all our hard work was undone when we went for lunch at Jakkepoes , a small, but extremely popular, pancake house in Yomitan where the waitress was dressed as a minion and a couple neighbours down had a pet tortoise; which Eden spotted.

a pet tortoise

a pet tortoise

With full bellies we made tracks, yet again I was in charge of navigating and yet again I failed! Eventually we arrived at our destination; the Yomitan Pottery Village.

walking up a path to visit a workshop, I just love the signs here in Okinawa!, old rusty bus on one of the properties

walking up a path to visit a workshop, I just love the signs here in Okinawa!, old rusty bus on one of the properties

The village of potters is made up of about forty-five artists, who display their pieces in showrooms, as well as demonstrate techniques in their workshops; all connected by a single-laned paved path.

a glimpse of what was on offer

a glimpse of what was on offer

In the middle of the village is an old-style climbing kiln which is used by a few of the potters and fired up several times a year. I believe there are at least another 2 kilns also in the village.

old climbing kiln

old climbing kiln

There is a good mix of modern and more traditional pieces, as well as lots of shisa dogs; both guarding doors as well as for sale.

shisa dogs

shisa dogs

We watched one man working away, he didn’t look overly impressed by our presence so we were a little surprised when he came out and gave Eden a tiny pot – maybe that was a nice way of saying “get out of here”.

man carrying bowls, Eden with the pot she was given, clay waiting to be worked

man carrying bowls, Eden with the pot she was given, clay waiting to be worked

After visiting all the shops, I finally settled on my birthday present…4 bowls which I plan to fill with soba, once I learn how to make it!

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3 responses to “Turning Twenty-Nine

  1. Can’t believe you’re now in your 30th year – “Just to put it another way”. We really enjoy your storybooks and learn so much through your visits to the differnet places. My first glance at the clay to be worked, looked more like the bi-product you might imagine finding in a nappy laundry. Did the kids get to play with the clay. Take care Hannah. Often thinking about you and wondering what adventure we’ll read in your next posting. Take care and keep on having fun. Jan and Dan.

    • I know I can’t believe it either! as a kid I thought once you turned 30 that meant you were officially an adult! There is lots to do on this small island, I have an Okinawa Bucket List and whenever I cross one thing off I seem to add another 3. We have a few fun things planned for the next month which we will no doubt share! You take care too, Hannah x

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