Ishigaki – taco rice, sea and pottery
As my last trip outside of Tokyo, a couple friends and I decided to visit Ishigaki. One of the most southern parts of Japan. Its about an hour south of the main island of Okinawa.
It was meant to be a really chill trip!
The flight was supposed to leave at 6:00am.
We arrived at the terminal at 5:00am, and were told that you only need to arrive at checkin 20 minutes before take off.
Some of us took the opportunity to catch some shut eye.
I also decided to have a look around.
Here is a close up shot.
This is an All Nippon Airways plane. And yes, that’s Pikachu. Exactly how I felt about going to Ishigaki. Whee!
3 hours later and we had arrived.
And after a quick snack of Taco rice.
And a walk along the beach outside our hotel (don’t worry, more on this later).
We stopped by for some pottery.
I’ve never done pottery as I never could make anything recognisable I do have vague child hood memories of playing with play dough (and eating it) but I do clearly remember that usually I was try to make something complicated, like a flower, it was inevitably look like a star fish or something. I would then get frustrated and than mash it into a more unrecognisable pulp.
Things didn’t improve with games like Cranium which include their own special brand of torture for me. A ball of play dough and a guessing game!
Anyway, my friends thought it would be fun to try our hand at pottery.
So this is what you start with.
A lovely lump.
You can tell how excited I am already.
And this is the work station.
First you mash it down into a flat piece.
Then you wave your hands around.
Roll in back and forth like bread. Pound it a bit.
And end up with something like this.
We were promised that in 6 months (there is that much of a backlog) when the kiln had finished firing the pottery, it would come out looking this.
Although, knowing my luck, my plate will probably break.