Imari, Japan – Day 3(c)

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1 hour of train ride away from Arita lies the next destination…1 interesting observation made on the local train was there were alot of childrens’ drawing in the train from a recent drawing competition. It made the whole train ride, very cosy and like an excursion feeling.

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Imari (伊万里市) is a city located in Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyūshū, Japan. Imari is most notable because of Imari porcelain, which is the European collectors’ name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, Saga Prefecture. The porcelain was exported from the port of Imari specifically for the European export trade.

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A lot of colorful porcelain were all over the little valley.

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The surprise of the day was the 1 hour hands on ceramics experiment arranged by Sushi san. I had a cute instructor too who has had dabbled in this for the past 9 years and apparently I was his 1st foreign customer. It was hilarious to go through the class amid broken Japanese and English and lots of hand gestures. Do not underestimate the kneading of the “dough” as it was really hard and lots of foot work is actually required.

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1 hour later, 4 ramen bowls, 1 cup and 1 plate was made…..we chose the better looking ramen bowls for the firing in the klin, cute instructor was kind to throw in an extra plate for us. Can’t wait to see the products soon as it is supposed to be 4-6 weeks wait. But while waiting, can you guess which was made by me without any help? 😛


**Update: The finished products finally arrived in Tokyo…..I still felt a little amazed, that the brown clay had now turned into smooth porcelain white! So you guys should know how post dated the entries are now :P**

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Took a little walk before taking off to head back to Hakata, Fukuoka City.

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Spring is here……temperatures was warming up in Kyushu.

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It was almost 10pm when we arrived back to Hakata and the nearest and easiest eatery was McDonald’s instead of the famous Kyushu Ramen.

ebi burger
Can’t complain because this Ebi(prawn) burger was simply too delicious…only that the size was a bit too small for my “bigger” appetite after USA 😛

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