Tag Archives: 2016


Kyushu pottery

On the island of Kyushu, There is a place specially renowned for pottery : This place is called Onta and our Hideki San host took us there, for our greatest happiness !

And then, This reminded us of the ovens Dragons crossed en Chine, you remember ?


The village of Onta brings together 10 families of potters who practice their art for several generations. It's funny, the site received the recognition of the Japanese from the moment where an Englishman it was discovered and said that, all the same, It was worth to look a little to this knowledge make !

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What has marked in this place, It is that each family has all of the production chain : extraction of the Earth in the quarries to the store, passing by the shelling of the Earth, filtration, first drying, cooking (each household has its dragon oven in the garden, pratique !), storage of cookies and slips. Du coup, one perceives well the style of each !

JAP_1615 JAP_1622 JAP_1645 JAP_1609We only spent a few hours in this very quiet by a radiant Sunday. And we just wondered why here there is nobody while probably, the shopping street of Yufuin is crowded with tourists at the same time… How is it that people prefer to buy Totoro figurines and ice to the matcha (they can find all the way in), along a small street crowded, rather than going to the meeting of people and expertise ? JAP_1710 JAP_1712 JAP_1696 JAP_1694Anyway, We enjoyed the quiet atmosphere of Onta, and being able to walk everywhere to observe each stage of manufacturing of almost.


These old tools

Some of you know me enough to know in was not more to make me dream : an abandoned workshop, old rusted tools, stuck drawers and time for rummaging…

This is unexpected, but it's part of the pleasures of the WWOOFing in the Japan !

When it makes visit to a producer of rice off season and that there's not much to do in the fields, It gives the opportunity to dig into other areas : Mayan Astrology, yeast rice and its benefits and, bien sûr, the workshop !

I hope that these small pictures will inspire some-e-s as much as me !

And if some have questions on the use of some of these tools, and well know that also !

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