I love pottery so this sounded awesome to me. When we got to Bizen I was completely amazed at the number of potters displaying their wares, the number of people that showed up for the pottery festival and the beauty and diversity in the pottery. The town of Bizen itself was completely adorable. It had a little river running through town with benches along it and little bridges.
|A quiet place to take a break from the festival|
|I am always amazed at the beautiful presentation of food in Japan. There are beautiful fresh cut flowers and a tiny sweet for each of us with our complimentary cup of tea and coffee.|
|Pottery displayed at shop.|
We walked around all day and really enjoyed the festival. Even without the festival, there are pottery shops every 2 doors throughout the town. You can see the smaller kilns in town and there are enormous kilns on the out side of town that the only fire a couple of times a year.
It was a great day. I hope to take another trip to Bizen with visitors. We stayed that night in nearby Okayama since hotels in Bizen were booked. I'll admit it, I dreamed I was a potter that night.
|Here is one of the smaller kilns. It has some pottery loaded in it already.|
|Pottery being displayed on the outside of a small kiln.|
|This small grouping of pottery shows some of the diversity in color and texture from the firing process.|