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Today's Report
 
Nagoya to Magome

My shaky handiwork.

On my way to Magome, I stopped at Koubeigama, a ceramics studio and museum. It was very interesting to look at the shop and the little museum they have on the premises. I saw ceramics going for 1.5million yen! I just admired it from afar and didnft dare to even breathe near it. Thank goodness for camera lens that can zoom from far. hehe

This picture doesn't do this piece justice. It's so gorgeous to look at.

Wood fired kiln, used twice a year. These are hard to come by now.

I also had the opportunity to participate in a ceramics class. I arrived all excited, not knowing what to expect. There was already a student in the class and the teacher welcomed me as well. We used electric wheels to shape the clay. At one point, it felt like the famous scene in Ghost, because the teacherfs hands were on top of mine guiding me. It was so much fun and I made a few different items. The teacher will fire one and post it to me when itfs ready. I canft wait to see which one she chooses and the finished product.

Hibino-sensei's expert hands shaping the clay, giving me a demo.

After hanging out too long at the ceramics studio, I reluctantly left for my hotel, Onjuku Tsutaya. Just as well I left when I did because there was a traffic congestion that delayed me. I arrived to warm hospitality and a great dinner (as well as monopoly of the lounge wifi). More about the hotel tomorrow, Ifm hitting the onsen after this.

Many friendly staff at Tsutaya.

The shy chef frying tempura while I act as the paparazzi.

Persimmons and capsicums.

Trying not to destroy the shape.

Photo taken by Hibino-sensei. I love it!

Intricate paintwork.

Daily Quiz
The deadline for answering the quiz question for day 25 has passed.

Several dozen Toshogu Shrines dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu have been built across Japan. Where was the first Toshogu Shrine constructed?

29%   Nikko (Tochigi Prefecture)
0%   Kawagoe City (Saitama Prefecture)
3%   Ueno Park (Tokyo)
66%   Mount Kunozan (Shizuoka Prefecture)
3%   None of the above

The correct answer is: Mount Kunozan (Shizuoka Prefecture)

The first Toshogu Shrine was built on Mount Kunozan in Ieyasu's home city of Shizuoka.

Current Standings: (after 30 days)

28 Points: Csabba, AlexanderStankov
27 Points: gladhiola, almoehi, ZoomX2, mikaelus
26 Points: Rabbityama, Proxy707

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