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A visit with my favorite potter

One of my new acquisitions is the small tokkuri (sake server) on the lower shelf next to the large vase.

Isamu Houshido

Isamu Houshido

It took a while for this customer to settle on his selection which he’s proudly holding up for me to see.  He was busy texting and sending images to his friend who had asked him to seek out Isamu for a bowl.

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As usual, Isamu had his collections of three for 3,000 yen, seen here.  I bought one of the small containers with his signature tripod base that would be perfect for planting some grassy moss.

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The other tokkuri that I didn’t get and a lovely tea bowl.

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I also got the large round plate, seen here partially at the bottom of the photo.  It has character.



Bamboo whistles from the Toji Market

I bought a bunch of bamboo whistles and flutes from this vendor and had him demonstrate each one. It will take some practice, and more before I can coax any of them to warble or chirp. Maybe I should have gotten just the dog whistle to see if the dogs back home are on the same frequency.


the kazoo

the uguisu flute

The easiest of them all, the Uguisu flute. But you have to know how the Japanese bush warbler sings to get it right.