Big Boy tempts Japan

Ah, Big Boy! The image of this happy boy fattie brings back memories of US highways and road trips. At home, he’s known as Bob’s Big Boy. In Japan, they have dropped the “Bob’s” from the name, but the imagery is exactly the same. I was surprised to find this bit of road-side Americana within Tokyo. The height of the sign and the surrounding parking lot are so at odds with the normal Tokyo streetscape. Will anybody admit to eating there?

Student ceramic show

I did not have a chance to post these photos earlier. Late last month, we had the annual student ceramic show. My second one! I was so surprised to see almost all of what I exhibited: two lattice-shaped bizen vases, six mugs, and a few other bizen vases which I made in May during the studio trip.

In addition to my super loyal customer and Japanese aunt, my university friend bought one piece, as did the wife of a famous antique dealer and several people I do not know. In addition, I am now working on orders for more mugs.

More photos after the jump.

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Gone Fishing

Gone fishing

Not literally. But I’ll be in the countryside and away from this blog for the next 5 days. I am going to Numazu near Izu in Shizuoka for a bizen pottery trip with the ceramics senseis. I’ve heard two things about this “country” town: that the Emperor has a place there, and that it has one of Japan’s largest collections of love hotels.

Please check back next week for an update.