Thursday, October 17, 2013

Yomitan Pottery Village and Zakimi Castle

Yesterday I went on a field trip. It was a real deal field trip with a bus, name tags, and sack lunches. I was probably just as excited for it as I was for any field trip in elementary school. This field trip was put together by the spouses club here on the island. I was excited to finally meet some other wives and get to explore the island some more. 

We met at the community center and boarded the charter bus. Then, we headed to the pottery village in Yomitan. It is a very old village of 45 artisans who make and sell their pottery. We wandered around and looked at all of the cute little buildings where the potters had their stuff set up. All of the bowls, plates, vases, etc. were so beautiful, yet so expensive. I would love one of the beautiful sink basins to put in my dream house or an entire set of bowls, dishes, and glasses. But, that wasn't going to happen so I just got one pretty little dish to put in my room for jewelry/odds and ends. 











My dish


We then headed to Zakimi castle where we explored the museum and had a small lunch on a hill overlooking the Yomitan Peninsula. 




After lunch, we went to explore the castle ruins. This castle was built in 1400 by the Chuzan Kingdom who ruled over central Okinawa during that time and later united the Ryukyu Kingdom. Only the walls were left, but it was still very interesting to see. The walls were so intricately built with stones perfectly placed in order to last many centuries. There was a beautiful 360 view of the island on top of the walls. 

New Friends











And there it is, an adult field trip! It was fun and I can't wait until next month's field trip to the Botanical Gardens.

19 comments:

  1. What a fun field trip! That pottery is gorgeous! I'd love to have one of those Foo Dogs! That castle looks amazing! Awesome trip!

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  2. I love the dish you bought, very pretty. Great pics too!

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

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  3. it is gorgeous there! what pretty pottery and gorgeous scenery!

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  4. What beautiful views! And I love the dish that you picked out. Great pattern! I want to go on a field trip... how fun!

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://awriterinlove.blogspot.com

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  5. This is awesome!!! I want to go on an adult like field trip!!

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  6. I love everything blue & white, so that dish is right up my alley! I want to go on a field trip!!!

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  7. Beautiful dishes! Adult field trips sound like the best idea!

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