I slept at 2:00 AM but woke up at 6. If this was a normal day, I wouldn’t even have wanted to wake up.
Today’s breakfast was a fish called “saba” and lots of okazu or side dishes. I ate so much that I became sleepy again.
The first place we went to for today was a town called Arita, a place where Japanese ceramics are made. The first room is for forming the shape of the ceramics. The second is where they get painted, and the third is a gallery.
Next, we went to Okawauchiyama, an area in Arita where Japanese ceramics was first made.
Then we went to Sueyama Shrine. I bought a cute written fortune there and prayed for luck.
We dropped by this fancy-looking shop.
Apparently, Thai people aren’t too known around here.
I ordered Saga wagyu beef here at Gallery Arita, the name of the shop. It was really tender as I ate it. If you love meat, you should definitely eat this, too. I had goma purin (sesame seed pudding) for dessert. I think Japanese are really good at making desserts like these.
We went to a ceramic painting workshop next. It was actually hard to paint on ceramic, so mine got a little dirty. I think I should go back to taking art classes!
The next spot is called Takeo Shrine. There’s a huge tree here that’s over 3,000 years old. I bought an amulet here to make a wish to the gods. There are three colors to choose from: read means romance, yellow is for business fortune and white is for tranquility. I chose red without knowing what it means!
After that, we went to Takeo City Library, the municipal library of Takeo. I thought it was like a really big Kinokuniya book shop back in Thailand, but this library is much wider and has a lot more books. There’s also a Starbucks inside.
We arrived at our place for tonight where we got to rest for a bit before having dinner. Speaking of which, I actually had so much for lunch earlier that I felt really full again, but somehow if it’s food, eating any time is okay. Yeah!
Lastly, we went to Mifuneyama Rakuen to see a light show. It was a really wonderful show complete with music - and we also had kakigori (shaved ice) after. My good mood was really full, and so was my stomach!