A great way to spend my day. I concur with the previous review ( Ann Arbor, Michigan), about practical information, so I will not repeat it. A 20 minutes bus ride from Imari Station. You can enquire at the Tourist Information desk located right at the bus station. This is very easy and convenient, plus there is nice scenery to be seen during the bus ride. This is deep countryside Kyushu.
I went by a glorious spring day, with the plum trees in bloom, as well as many other types of flowers on display. People from Okawachiyama are strong on gardening and potted flowers on their balconies. Walking on the streets is very pleasant.
I did not know I was interested in pottery, but today one would’ve thought I was. I purchased many items, including a 40 pieces set that they agreed to ship to Canada.
A lot of high quality stuff. Moreover, there are products for all levels of purchasing capacity, from 5$ to 1000 $ apiece. They have merchandise for everyday use, special occasions, decorative, as well as art works. The latter includes dolls and high end large flower vases.
Merchandise is also of varied style, from modern to very formal and classical.
On the other end, I would say that even if someone could really not be made interested in pottery on site, the village is a sight in itself.
It is on the flank of a mountain, with many rivers and shrines around. It is kept very clean and picturesque.
Almost at the top of one of the streets, I stopped at a small café. They serve non-alcoholic drinks and homemade light meals. The view on an orchard of blooming plum trees was unreal. Dramatic mountains lay at the back scene, with traditional houses.
I felt fulfilled by the knowledge that I was experiencing a nice mountain village in Kyushu, a rare occurrence for me. This is a good as an alpine village in Switzerland or any other remote but priceless gem of a people’s heritage.
At the end of the day, my deep feeling is that even if nothing happens for the next 2 or 3 days, in this trip, it would be OK, because today, I could not ask for more.
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