August 26, 2012

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Part III/大地の芸術祭、パート3

I started my second trip to this art festival with Ubusuna no Ie, an old thatched folk house built in 1924 and remade into a pottery museum by a group of potters in 2006.

Furnace at the center of the photo:

Irori fireplace:


The wall is intriguing too.

I ordered a sansai hamburg teishoku (set meal).  1,000 yen.

Top:  Plate of simmered kabocha, konnyaku, and kuruma fu (gluten); plate of pickled cucumber and eggplant; and bracken fern
Bottom:  A bowl of rice; dish of spaghetti squash and zuiki (potato stems); and bowl of miso soup
上: 煮たかぼちゃ、こんにゃく、車麩の皿; きゅうりのナスの漬物の皿; ワラビ(蕨、わらび)
下: ご飯の入った茶碗; 糸瓜と、ずいきの皿; 味噌汁

Wonderful pottery items:


Bathtub (artwork):



Sissi said...

I have fallen in love with the washroom and the "squashed" bowl. Although I feel I should learn more about Japanese pottery in order to appreciate it.

Hiroyuki said...

Sissi: You could fall in love with everything in the house, as well as the house itself.

I know little about Japanese pottery, either!

Fräulein Trude said...

Thank you so much for sharing your pictures. This Art Exhibition taking place and involving old houses from Showa aera is really something special. As a huge fan of wood craft and pottery I would have loved to visit the exibition. Pottery is one of the reasons I would like to visit Japan. When I am retired (years to go) I would like to spent a few weeks in a pottery workshop in Japan - just a little dream...

Hiroyuki said...

Kiki: You have just a lot of hobbies! Make your dream come true!

(This particular house was built in the Taisho era, not Showa.)

Fräulein Trude said...

Better many hobbies as none at all. I could easily spent all of my time with my hobbies. In fact I am going to visit a Raku-Workshop weekend in October (not in Japan but in our neighbor village's artisan pottery). 3 days pottering all day long. They do one big exibition every year and many practices and workshops. I think pottery and cooking goes very well together, think about bowls and plates (laugh).

Hiroyuki said...


>pottery and cooking goes very well together

Yes, I was going to say that! Especially so in Japanese cuisine, because Japanese cuisine calls for a variety of dishes, plates, bowls, and so on, and as you know, we don't put all foods on a single plate.