南山大学

 

International student's Japan experience report Tour of Seto city

Christine Jesche

Berlin, Germany

Sunday morning we met up early with the camera team and CJS staff at the Nanzan front gate. From there we left for Seto City, a little town about 45 minutes outside Nagoya. At first we went to the Ceramics Museum which was really interesting. We got to see a rather big exhibition of ceramics including some of the oldest works of Japanese pottery and pieces of art of many foreign countries, even from Germany. At the museum we were shown around by a few English speaking Japanese, who were very cute and helpful.

Right from the beginning of our journey pictures and videos of the four of us were taken and to be quite honest it took me a couple of hours to get used to it, if ever I got to that point. Thinking about it, I might back off star ambitions. Nonetheless we had a really good time walking along the old paths of Seto...little streets winding uphill along a river, leading us past a romantic scenery of colourful trees and old Japanese houses decorated with works of artful pottery. Our little walk was topped by an invitation of the local people having a matsuri. We had the pleasure of eating red bean soup…for free ;=). It was delicious!

After going to the museum and walking around Seto, we went for lunch in a Japanese style soba restaurant with low tables and chopsticks (of course…). Oishikatta desu yo!!!

Bellies filled with a good meal, we made our way to a small pottery where we actually got to make our own cups and bowls and whatever else is manageable for beginners like us… . Doing pottery is kind of difficult but good fun especially with a very entertaining and helpful instructor like ours! He was a very genki Japanese man who spoke English very well, thankfully. Concentrating on the turning plate and on shaping the dough felt like meditating. I enjoyed it very much and I will surely do it again.

Totally relaxed and a little sleepy we went on on our journey to the “mountains” to see the kouyou, the turning colour of the trees. It was beautiful. We actually ended up collecting all kinds of colourful leaves and put them together in little bouquets. At the same spot we got to see a shrine which is located underneath three huge rocks, and a waterfall. Although it got a bit chilly by then, we enjoyed ourselves outside, because of the beautiful surroundings.

Tsumari, we had a great day out!!! Very entertaining and interesting and relaxing at the same time.

Anytime again!!!