Sunday, October 16, 2016

Wanderings in Gifu

Yesterday was a beautiful day. I woke up a little early and knew I wanted to get outside. I didn't really know where I wanted to go, so I packed a little bag and headed off.

Of course I HAD to stop for breakfast at Komeda! It's popular with bikers. :)

After breakfast, I pedaled to Gokiso Station. I was not ready to leave the beautiful day and disappear underground. But I finally did. Took a short ride underground with a break for a phone call in the middle. Eventually, I made it to the JR station.

There were 2 trains - one going to Nagoya Station and one going off into Gifu, a neighboring prefecture. Of course I got on the train heading out of town. I didn't really know where I was going, so I just settled in for a ride.

After a while, I hopped off the train. I didn't really pay attention to where I was, but I saw a bus waiting outside the station. I got on and rode the bus for a while and then hopped off. Still didn't really know where I was, so I bought a snack and started walking.
At the first major intersection, there was a big display of vases and funny little pots. I later discovered that the area is famous for ceramics.

I didn't really know which direction to walk, so I wandered aimlessly for a few minutes. Then I saw some red gates off in the distance, so I decided to head towards them.

They looked intriguing, so I headed up the stairs.

And was surprised by a lovely view!

I kept walking and ended up on a playground, so I took some silly selfies.
 Selfies are fun! But sometimes your camera sinks into your bag.
Hey, where'd everybody go?

I headed back down and walked around the old-fashioned neighborhood. It was really cool and there were lots of pottery and ceramic things going on. Very few people, but lots of huge trays of unpainted cups and bowls. I was a little nervous that I was going to stumble off the road and take out 500 cups. I didn't!
Bamboo along the road.

There were funny green pots all around, and I enjoyed looking for them.

 This one is making a pot!

Not entirely sure what is going on here.

This is also how I feel when reading the news.

Hmm, I need to practice my ukulele more often.

A good approach to life - relaxing by a creek.

This one just called out for a selfie!

Along the way, I saw some cosmos growing. I love cosmos! But when I took the picture, I accidentally bumped into some plant that left sticky pods all over my sweater.

It was worth it!

I love buildings like this!
 And this!
 I made my way to a cool building where loads of ceramics and pottery were for sale. I bought a pretty sakura mug that says spring. Yes, I know it is autumn!

Hmmm, how do I get back to the station?

It's 4km away? Maybe I should take up hitchhiking.

Oh, goldenrod!
 I really don't know why I took this picture. I think I liked the open feeling with hills in the background.

Thankfully, I didn't have to wait long for a bus. Countryside buses don't run very frequently, so I was worried! But I made it back to the station and back on the train to Nagoya.

All in all, it was quite an enjoyable mini-adventure! Sometimes it's good to wander with no destination or plan.

1 comment:

Sharon said...

A lovely slice of Japan life--but weird facial expressions on pots! I never really thought about pots reading newspapers or doing those other things! A great adventure for you!