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Inbe, the town of ‘Bizen pottery’ vol.2

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We are strolling around Inbe station !


Here is ‘Amatsu shrine’ which is sacred to god of Bizen pottery.
It’s about 8 min walk from the staion.
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This is a shrine of Bizen pottery, so it’s only fitting that this shrine has a lot of Bizen potteries


At the entrance gate, there is a pair of ‘Koma inu (dogs).
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People left some coins at their feet for good luck.


We found Bizen pottery plates on the wall!
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Well, symbols of local potters are engraved on these plates.


These are called ‘Ema’.
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People write their wishes on that, and give it to god.
Generally it’s made of wood, but these Ema are Bizen pottery. They are so sweet


Look at the picture on the left.
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It's ‘Kodakara inu’  which is a symbol of a safe birth and fecundity

Sucluptures around the dog are ‘Eto’, the 12 annual zodiac signs.
It is said that you could receive a blessing if you touched your Eto (animal).

The picture on the right is a sculpture of Kinjiro Ninomiya.
This person was born in Edo period, he is known for his diligence. He came from a poor home, but he didn’t give up studying.
He is a symbol of a scholar


We came across Bizen potteries here and there
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Amatsu shrine
Address: 629 Inbe, Bizen City
Tel:0869-64-2738



Let’s take a walk around the station!
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This is ‘Furo river’ .
You can enjoy the lovely view from a footpath in the river. Potteries are lining both sides of the river.
The old house in the picture on right side, it’s a gallery!


We bumped into ‘Jizo’ with a loving look.
This sculpture is Bizen pottery as well!
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We realized that the sweet scent of ‘Kinmokusei (a fragrant olive)is floating in the street.
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This mild scent goes well with the atmosphere of the town


Then, why don’t we have a break?
We visited a café ‘Gallery Rihou’, it serves a local sweetInbe393 Inbe395
This café has two entrances.


In the terrace seat, you can feel a gentle wind.
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This is a local speciality ‘Bizen sweet’.
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This cake and ice cream are made from local fruits. What’s more, it’s served with Bizen tableware.

These sweets are so tasty, as well as coffee
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It’s also really nice to touch and use Bizen pottery like this


We are fond of the gallery in the café!
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These owls are so cute!
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The owl brings you good luck and protect you from trouble.


This is ‘Kouro (a incense burner).
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How to use it
Put some tea leaves on the top, and light the candle, then you can enjoy the aroma of the tea. It must be relaxing


This is a vase which is made by a British potter.
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It has a unique shape


We asked the shop manager about Bizen pottery. She is helpful and friendly!
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Apparently, Bizen pottery is air-permeable. So it’s suitable for a vase, since the flower lives longer

Bizen pottery is also good to drink the beer , as it keeps the froth smooth and it lasts for a long time.

The more we learn about Bizen pottery, the more we are impressed

Gallery Rihou
Address:1530 Inbe, Bizen City
Tel: 0869-64-1187
www.rihou.co.jp/


By the way, ‘Bizen festival’ is taking place around Inbe station on October 15th and 16th.
It is an exciting event as there is a lot of things to see. Visitors enjoy local dance, performance of potters, gigs, and an autograph session of Manga (cartoon) artist. What’s more, you can try making Bizen pottery at the festival.
Beseids, you can get discount when you buy Bizen pottery at the festival.
Why don’t you check it out

www.touyuukai.jp/maturi.html
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