Kasama Pottery Fair

Yesterday we went to Kasama, a beautiful little town in the mountains of Ibaraki Prefecture. Kasama is famous for its pottery. We were overwhelmed by all the choices of beautiful pieces. 

We were there during a pottery fair, but the town is full of charming shops you can check out year-round. 

The park at the exhibition site was absolutely gorgeous. 

The weather couldn't have been any better. So nice to see blue skies after a few solid days of rain. 
I think the best part of our day trip was breathing in that fresh mountain air. 
The train ride was about 2 hours from Tokyo. Next time, I think we'll rent a car so we can stock up on even more Kasama-yaki (pottery from Kasama) and avoid a kind of scary stretch of road on the way to the exhibition site. You can take a bus from the station, but then you'll miss all the pottery shops and cafes along the way. 

All photos by Vanessa for Design Dreams Japan. 
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