MEAT & BREAD at Pender St. Vancouver

Actually I’ve been tired of sandwiches, miss Japanese rice and noodles. Italian’s also good. however, that shop’s one is something different from others, very meaty. I think if they made a shop in Tokyo it’ll be definitely popular.

MEAT & BREAD
http://meatandbread.ca/

$8 very meaty

 

 

 

 

 

 

There's always long line-up

SAKURA at Yoyogi Park Tokyo

This weekend we could see cherry trees (we say “SAKURA”) in full bloom.

Some western friend said to me they don’t have same custom as “Hanami”. And the day before that day I went yo yoyogi park, he took place his going away party at cemetery. Although that sound weird, many cemeteries in Japan are popular Hanami places. That’s why we drunk next to gravestones and moved his apartment. He’s going to world travel.

Have a great wandering, Michael.

SML – TOTTORI CRAFT -

This entry is written by only Japanese.

先日の鳥取窯元訪問から火が着いた陶器への熱気が冷めること無く、中目黒と恵比寿にあるSMLというショップで開催中の鳥取のうつわ展に行ってきた。

購入したのは、中井窯と山根窯のカップ。しかし、どちらの店舗でも牧谷窯の作品が非常に多く展示されており目を引いた。店の方とも話をしたけれど、固定のファンも多く、あのようなポップな練り上げはなかなか無いとのこと。

左2つは中井窯、右が山根窯

SLM
東京都渋谷区恵比寿西2-17-22


大きな地図で見る

Visit to my hometown’s ceramic pottery

This entry is written by only Japanese.

Vancouverへ行く前に、実家に帰ってきた。今回はふとした話の流れで鳥取の民藝を見に行こうということになり、窯元を2軒回っていくつか陶器を購入した。

案内をしてくれたのは中学からの親友。地元で建築士として設計事務所に勤務している関係で、県内のモノづくりに関わる人達との親交が深く、見学に行った作家さんとも親しそう。まずは、牧谷窯。モゲさんと呼ばれる杉本さんは超アナログ人間らしく、自前のサイトがないようなので、以下に県観光課と外部サイトのURLを掲載。
http://www.pref.tottori.lg.jp/30714.htm
http://qu-wan.com/?mode=f1

元DJ、現サーファーでもあるらしく、とても気さくな人柄。なんとなく世間話をしながら作品を見せてもらい、茶碗と長皿、箸置きを購入した。

納品予定の作品など

 

 

 

 

 

 

モゲさんこと杉本さん

 

 

 

 

 

 

乱雑に作品が並ぶがどれも魅力的

 

 

 

 

 

 

購入した茶碗

 

 

 

 

 

 

赤絵のシンプルな皿

 

 

 

 

 

 

和菓子のような可愛らしい色合いの箸置き

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

飾り気はなく、ストイックな雰囲気の工房にてしばらく談笑したのち、続いて岩井窯へ移動。車中で、岩井窯の山本さんは上述の杉本さんが修行していた師匠に当たる人だという話を聞きつつ、到着。
http://www.iwaigama.com/index.html

ショップ、喫茶店、参考館などが建つ敷地の入り口

山本さんは40年近くこちらで創作活動をされているようで、メディア露出も多く、それらを反映した立派な敷地を歩いて中へ入る。

 

 

 

 

友人の先導で

 

 

 

 

 

 

作品群

 

 

 

 

 

 

見せ方が上手く購買意識を刺激される

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

こちらで購入したのは、カップ2点とポット。

コーヒーカップ

 

 

 

 

 

 

なごみ感のあるカップ

 

 

 

 

 

 

存在感のあるポット

 

 

 

 

 

 

蓋の模様も気にいった要素のひとつ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

山本さんとご家族のご好意で、喫茶室にてコーヒーとあんみつをいただいて、窯を後にした。

もちろん提供される飲み物などはすべて山本さんの作品

 

 

 

 

 

 

あんみつ&コーヒー

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

そんな鳥取の民藝だが、偶然にも代官山のSMLという店で3/20より「TOTTORI CRAFT in tokyo」という企画展を開催しているようで、牧谷窯もそこで見れるよう。
http://www.sm-l.jp/blog/3052

週末だけの短い滞在だったが、久しぶりの帰郷は充実したものとなった。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The memory of Jakarta night

Suddenly it springed to my mind, so I’m writing down.

Have you ever been to any Islamic countries during Ramadan? I’d been to Jakarta with an ex-colleague born in Indonesia. In the town, people were reading aloud the Koran, and it  was broadcasted loudly so we had to hear it everywhere we went. And basically people can’t eat and drink anything from sunrise to sunset. But we went there to attend a tech event, so we didn’t want to follow that rule. As I said, the ex colleague was born in Indonesia but he isn’t Muslim, he is a descendant of china so called overseas Chinese.
That’s why we were eating lunch, he had known some restaurant open during Ramadan, and we were planning to go out at night. As you might know Muslim are prohibited from drinking any alcohol, but there are a few bars for people who aren’t Muslim. Anyways while he told me about his recommendation he said to me seriously, “you must carry your passport.” So I asked him “how come?” He said, during Ramadan several radical Islamic groups are patrolling the street, looking for people who are partying, and Sometime they attack such places. If you are caught by them you may be released by showing a Japanese passport to them, because they don’t think Japanese people are enemies of Muslims. Eventually we went to a Karaoke bar with his local friends, but it was one of the most tense experience in a Karaoke I’ve ever had.

If you go to Islamic countries during Ramadan, you have two options. Do as the Romans do, or enjoy night in a hiding place. And one more thing, never bring an American passport.

The first visit of Vancouver – Yaletown, Gastown, and Robson St.

Arrived at here, Vancouver in the morning of 27th. The temperature was -1degreeC.  Checked in The Four Seasons Hotel at first. Actually, before checking in I got on the sky train from Airport station to the Vancouver city centre. During moving I felt like I’m in some rural areas because I could see a lot of logs floating on a canal and mountains covered with snow.
Anyways today’s purposes were to visit the studying abroad center in Yaletown and the business college in Gastown. After first appointment I took lunch at RODNEY’S.

Seafood stew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1228 Hamilton St

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And after finishing a second appointment, looked around Gstown and Robson St. Today’s dinner was a crab cake and a prosciutto pizza at Cincin Ristorante + Bar.

Gastown1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gastown2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funny bike guy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hastings St. Drag junkies...