Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tobe Pottery

Unseki-gama (Unseki Kiln)

Notice the mirror on the left. The streets are extremely narrow and it is impossible to see oncoming traffic unless the mirror is there to assist in making the tight turn. A common sight on the back roads of Japan.

Exquisitely hand crafted ceramics with meticulous attention to details and texture.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Drive on the way to Tobe

Lawson's is a long standing convenience store in Japan. Lawson's also has the cleanest rest rooms around and unlike other convenience stores, you do not have to be a customer to use their facilities.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Trip to Tobe

Traditional Art Handed Down Through The Generations. It is said that Jousuke Sugino, who succeeded in the creation of white porcelain in 1777, is the originator of Tobe style pottery. Since then, the continued efforts, innovations and improvements made by the talented followers of the craft have been passed on through the generations, resulting in the emergence of many master craftsmen and prized works of pottery. Tobe pottery, with its simple design in deep indigo on pure white porcelain of uncomplicated form, has been appreciated by many enthusiasts all over Japan through the ages. In 1976, it was designated as one of the country's traditional crafts. The Tobe Pottery Festival held in Tobe Town every April attracts over 100,000 people from within and outside of Ehime Prefecture, providing many with the opportunity to enjoy the craft's history and beauty.

At busy intersections, there are underground passages to cross the street.

Entrance, exit tunnel to cross busy intersection.

Oranges are everywhere.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Japanese Electronics Store DEODEO

This is a table top dishwasher. It is something that won't be found in a typical Japanese home as there is no room in the kitchen for this.

A home humidifier

Japanese washing machines are possibly the best made products in the world. They do make dryers but they are not on display as most Japanese homes hang out their clothing to dry.

NTT (Nippon Telephone and Telegraph) DOCOMO is advertised everywhere in Japan.