心の旅:Day 37

The day that Kasen got a new member of the family. A TORTOISE!

It’s such an interesting turn of events. Apparently they had a pet tortoise living at Kasen last year after Sensei’s son left him in Sensei’s care when he had to move to another city for work or studies. It had been his son’s pet for many years so naturally they were all attached to it. One day though… the tortoise miraculously escaped. How a tortoise, not particularly well known for its speed, would be able to escape the studio into the world outside is beyond me. After its escape, Sensei went round putting up flyers in the hopes that passersby would be able to notify him if they spotted a tortoise anywhere. Apparently there had been one sighting soon after its escape. A tortoise moving along the road heading to the next town…

Fast forward to that day, when a policeman comes to the studio. I happened to be the only one in the studio at the time since it was during lunch hour. Didn’t quite understand what he was trying to say but at least I got that he would come back in the afternoon again. Turns out, someone had spotted a tortoise two towns away in Mizuno and reported it to the police. He remembered seeing Sensei’s flyer last year and thought perhaps it could have been the elusive tortoise, so he brought it over for Sensei to inspect. After some inspection, both M-san and Sensei thought that it was probably a female while the other had been a male… but if Sensei didn’t take it in, it would probably be disposed of somehow. So since they already had a tortoise house and leftover food from the previous guy… they took him in. ^__^ What a treat!! Seeing both the tortoise and Blanc, the rabbit (or hare), in the same household. Provided everyone with so much laughter and cheer.

Went to the nearby mama shop to takeaway some Aji fry (fried mackeral) and tempura that the owner had cooked himself! I remember it was a particularly satisfying meal… rice and tempura…

In the afternoon, watched Sensei make large dinner plates. The 24 cm diameter sort tends to sell well, according to Sensei. The way he made them appeared so damn easy. When I tried though, there’s just so much force required pushing the clay down…


Wrote in my journal that night:

“Tried plates after watching sensei make some. Still damn hard. Key is using white clay of appropriate softness and pressing down with 4th finger at the edge but agh painful after awhile.
Need to use strength correctly.
Did handles for my cups
Aji fry day at adorable pops and mops shop…?Yaodai was the name?
Kasen got a new turtle
Managed to do some red clay vases hoping for the best for kohiki <3”
xoxo

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