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International student's Japan experience report Tour of Seto city

Antonella Celestina Scafone

Rome, Italy

My name is Antonella Scafone. I come from Italy and this is my second semester at Nanzan University.

Last semester I had the opportunity to go with the CJS staff and three of my friends for a trip around Nagoya. So when the CJS staff asked me again to participate in a field trip I was really enthusiastic about the opportunity.

This time we were taken on a tour of Seto City. We left at 9 am. As soon as we got to Seto City, we visited a museum of ceramics and pottery. There were pottery and ceramics made in Japan and some from all over the world, too. The guide at the museum explained us how the old tradition of pottery evolved in Japan and the techniques craftsmen used in the past. It was nice because I had the occasion to see what I’ve studied at school and until now had seen just in pictures. It was amazing to think how people, for example from the 1st century, without having all the knowledge we have now, created works of art that lasted for centuries!!

After the museum we went to visit a craftsman’s pottery shop. On the way we saw a wall in which pottery of different shapes, colors, and sizes were placed.

For lunch we had udon. It was really good. Before this trip I did not know Seto was famous for udon too, but know I can understand why!

In the afternoon we experienced something I had never done before. We did pottery by ourselves. Actually making pottery is harder than it seemed when the teacher showed us how to do it. But I really enjoyed it. It was fun to try to create something without knowing which shape it was going to take!

As the conclusion to our day, we had a walk in a park full of red momiji.

The typical autumn atmosphere. It was relaxing to walk there and collect red leaves to bring back home as memories.

We all had a really good time!

Thank you CJS!