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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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!