We took a nine days trip to Okinawa. As there are too many pictures taken back, I will introduce those later, and I would like to show you some of things that we brought back from Okinawa.
We found some sea shells at Zamami island. All those were dead and picked up on the beaches of Zamami.
These ones as big as my hand look gorgeous, but stink terribly even I washed them for several days. It was almost impossible to wash out the rotten meat inside. These are Spider conches. An old man we met in front of the small market on the island taught me that these shells are used as amulets in some islands of Okinawa.
We picked up some more shells ,corals and black flat stones. The flat stores are abundant at Zamami she shore, and I wonder there is any secret reason for it. The two large shells are Silver Mouth Turbans.
次はやちむんの里で買った沖縄の伝統焼き物。やちむんとは沖縄弁で陶器のこと。帰ってから気づいたが、焼き物の音便かな。Next, traditional potteries Okinawa bought at Yachimun Village. "Yachimun" is a dialect of Okinawa meaning pottery. After I came back home, I perceived it is an euphony of "Yakimono" that is the way we call in the mainland Japan.
I had known drawings of fish, but what we found was a picture of a cute shrimp. It was created by Yoshihiko Kinjo.
This cup must be perfect with awamori or shochu by unknown creator.
The inscription at the base is hard to read.
The next is a glassware.This may be a vase, but I would use it for a carafe of sake in summer. It was bought Glass studio Seiten; meaning clean sky; at a discount price created by Kiyoharu Matusda the founder of the studio. He showed us how to make the same one in front of us, and kindly explained the glass work at the studio. According to his words, the studio is specialized in glass work made from used bottles that is the root of Okinawa glass work. Their glasswares crafted in the hot weather of Okinawa using furnaces of more than thousand degrees centigrade inside give us the warmth of pristine handiworks even though finished glassware have taste of coolness. The studio is not big, and only four or five young craftsmen besides Mr. Matsuda were working, but they look fully enjoying their work and their lives there.
Since I bought carafe and a cup, I had to buy something to pour in. This is one of them, Manza by Onna brewery. I bought several more at Helios brewery, but they are being shipped right now.
Meanwhile, a package sent from Helios brewery arrived. Because of a good persuasion of a sales lady there, it looks like I bought two Awamori, a plum liquor is for my wife, and the yellow one is free gift from the brewery.