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Tomorrow night we will be in Tokyo, and the night after that we will be in Pittsburgh.  We have been super busy this past week as I’m sure you can imagine.  All week I have been saying that we are almost done packing, but all the little things we have to do just seem endless.  I think tonight is going to be another late night.  On Friday we had our pottery sale, and it was a big success.  Thank you to everyone who came.  I hope you enjoy your pots!  Here are some photos I took before the sale started…

We transformed our living room into a small gallery.  Maya was our helper for the day.

I wish I could say that Saya was a good helper too, but babies and pottery don’t mix well.

(Saya painted the little ladybug.  I put it on the shelf to bring us good luck for our sale 🙂

And here is some cuteness for you…

Our friend Ai stopped by on Saturday.  Her children’s hamsters had babies, and she brought one of them over to our house for Saya to play with.  Saya loved that of course!

This is the last time that I will be writing about our lives in Kochi, Japan.  I won’t go into how sad I am about leaving Kochi because it is just too difficult.  I have said too many goodbyes and shed lots of tears this week.  Tomorrow there will be at least 15 people seeing us off at the airport.  I am just praying that I will make it through that in one piece.  Please keep visiting to see what is in store for this little family of ours.  All my love to everyone in Kochi.

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We love pottery!

Junji’s pots from his last two firings will be for sale at our house on Friday and Saturday of this week!  If you live in this area, please come on over!  We will also be selling other household items including a kotatsu, English books, bookshelves, etc.  Everything must go!  We will be here on Friday from 1 pm to 8 pm and Saturday from 1 pm to 6 pm.  If you need help finding our house please email me at sutclkr@earlham.edu.  I will try to post some pictures of the pottery that will be for sale tomorrow.

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We had a lovely weekend as usual, but this week has been a rough one for us–we are just swamped with work and a big translation project that we have to finish.  (Plus all of the moving stuff that we have to think about.)  Junji and I have divided up some of the moving tasks that we have to do.  I am in charge of buying plane tickets, booking an international moving company, and figuring out how to bring our pet turtle into the U.S.  I have almost completed these three tasks, so I am feeling good about that.

Last weekend we went to one of our favorite river spots with Junji’s brother and some other friends.  We had such a fun time.  We swam out to some good jumping rocks, and tested our courage by jumping/diving/flipping into the river.  It was so much fun.  I played so hard, just like a little kid.  I got way too much sun, but it was worth it.

Our favorite swimming spot happens to be in a paper-making village, so I bought some tosa washi (Kochi handmade paper) while we were there.  Some of the paper was so expensive.  I saw a nice sheet of paper that I thought would make a pretty lamp cover, but it was 10,000 yen (about $100)!  I only bought a few sheets of this butterfly print paper.

The next night I took Saya to play with clay at Junji’s pottery studio.  She has been there before, but this is the first time that we actually let her play freely with clay.  (She is past the age where she puts everything into her mouth.)

Our friends’ kids also went to the studio that night.  They are Saya’s good friends.

Maya is the oldest, and she takes very good care of Saya.

I guess it’s back to work on the translation.  blah.  Hope everyone is having a good week!

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We all went with Junji today to open the kiln that he fired over the weekend.  I wanted to support Junji, of course, but I also wanted first pick of the new pots.  (Saya couldn’t wait to get her hands on the pots too!)  Junji was really happy with the results of the firing.  I like the clear glaze that he is using.  The surface is really soft feeling.  You can see more photos in the kiln opening set on flickr.

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I am so exhausted after this weekend, but we had some fun adventures.  The rainy season is over, and it is really hot these days, so most of our outdoor activities involve water.

On Friday afternoon, Saya and I biked along the river.  We met this cute little girl.  She had two nets, so she let Saya play with one.

She was catching tiny little shrimp.

riverside flowers

On Sunday, Saya and I visited Junji at his studio.  They were doing a bisque firing.

more river exploration (this time a bit further from our house)

This little crab was cute!

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We bought a few new pots on our trip to Tobe last weekend.  Tobe is a pottery village in Ehime prefecture–about a three-hour drive from Kochi.  In Japan, each pottery village has it’s own style, and Tobe is known for porcelain tableware with cobalt slip decoration.

A small rice bowl for Saya.

A bigger rice bowl for Junji.

I chose these two soba choko (soba noodle dipping cups).  This is a classic Tobe form–there were so many of these little cups to choose from.

Junji chose these two, more traditional, soba choko.

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Today we walked and walked and walked. We left the house at 1:30 and returned at 6:30. It was the perfect day for it–there was no sun to tire us out. We stopped at a park, ran into some people we know, took some photos, visited a friend in the hospital, and went to a gallery. The gallery was our only planned destination. Junji wanted to check out the exhibition of Masuda Tsutomo pottery.

This is the artist’s name. I like the handwriting.

The pots are really beautiful–clean, solid, simple. We wanted to buy them all up for our house.

I could imagine Junji and I enjoying morning coffee in these cups.

This wooden spoon was the only thing we let Saya get her hands on. (Actually baby + pottery exhibit is not a good combination. Saya was pretty frustrated by the time we left.)

Something interesting from our walk.

Old building in our neighborhood.

I saw this man taking care of his bonsai tree, so I asked him if I could take a picture.

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