Take the walking tour as shown on the tourist map, and also go to a pottery and make some pottery. The pottery will fire the pottery and post your pottery to you a month later.Seto was of interest to me because of its pottery history. It is mainly an aging ceramics centre, making commercial and industrial ceramics. I could not see much of a living...more
The Japanese have an interesting way of going to the best restaurants...this happened to me twice.
In the morning, you visit the restaurant and give the owner a gift, normally high-class cake or sweets (of which the Japanese are masters).
You return in the afternoon or evening, and the restaurant is empty, apart from you and the server.
The server was 17 years old, and it was amazing to see that every movement, word, etc, that he did was completely cultivated, especially when you compare with an average Western 17-year old! Anything to do with service in Japan can be, and is, made into an art form. You just have to pay the price to go to this calibre of restaurant!
Favorite Dish: There are books just containing photos of Japanese food. Presentation is just as important as the freshness and taste. It's all about detail. At this level, there is no menu. The lemon, once you took the top off, actually contained a dish called Chawan-mushi. Egg, chicken, prawn and some leaves, which you mix up, then eat. Lovely! We had this for breakfast one day, too.
Absolutely no idea, but hey! More photos!
This is another one of those 'It just caught my eye' photos.
I spent almost a minute composing it, but I think it was worth it - I think it shows another part of the Japanese flavour.
Take the subway fron Sakae in Nagoya, to Seto. It takes about 40 mins and costs Yen 470. Get off at ShinSeto if you want to see the main part of the city, or go two more stops, to Seto Owari, where the line ends, and you can go to the Ceramics centre, for information, and take the walking tour.
The Japanese, polite as they are, will accept almost anything as you are a tourist, but the difference in their reaction when you try to speak Japanese, show that you are trying to follow the correct etiquette, etc, is amazing.
It's well worth the effort,and may be good for you, too!
You can not be too polite, but don't ever bow at over 45 degrees, unless you're in front of the Emperor!
TUCK YOUR CHIN IN as you bow! Jutting your jaw out to look at the person is the same as shaking hands while doing a one-man mexican wave!
This is as near as it gets to a tourist place for this town - the temple, very old, with a giant reclining Buddha opposite, which was made in China!
I like this photo, as you can look into the temple, through it out of the rear windows, or at the reflection in the windows.
Luggage and bags:
I took a backpack, as I take everywhere, and a smaller handbag which was good for day-trips, and big enough to carry my Aikido suits, tape for my feet, and food and drink for training sessions, plus one smaller bag NOT a camera bag, for security reasons, for short trips, camera and film, film, film.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The climate was as warm as July, though it was November...as in camping, wear thin layers, not one heavy coat. The streets are embarassingly clean, so sandals are fine, or anything!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Nothing in particular - because I went to compete in the Aikido world championships, I needed to take Zinc Oxide tape for my feet, as the Japanese mats can take your skin off, but as a matter of course, I'd take multivitamins (especially if you don't eat fish), and sports snack bars, as snacking in Japan isn't cheap...
Photo Equipment: How can I say this clearly? Erm...
TAKE FUJI FILM!
It has more reliable colour balance and a finer grain than other brands. I find the 400 ASA is fine for all types of photography - if you are buying a compact camera, go for a Pentax or Canon, if you are buying an SLR, generally, Nikon or Canon - I used to run a camera shop - please email me for more specific advice! Remember with SLRs, A cheap body and an expensive lens will blow an expensive body with normal lens out of the water, as long as you know how to meter, focus and use good film & processing!
Miscellaneous: It really helps if you learn some Japanese, and etiquette. One thing that helps, take a box of business cards, and present them, given the slightest excuse, with both hands and a slight bow. Pleased to meet you is 'Hajimemashite' literally, I look forward to your assistance, or 'Dozo yoroshiku'. Inspect any card given to you with interest on both sides before putting it away.
One little shop on the main street - it's a candle maker's - Japanese candles are very strange, the flame burns in a kind of globe with an empty space in the middle...erm, anyway, here is the guy who makes the candles!I'm sure his Father, Great Grandfather & dog all made candles - it's that kind of place!more
I was almost ordered to take this photo! Apparently, it's an image that perfectly symbolises the Japanese autumn. These fruits are dried at this time of year, and this hanging them is the traditional way to do it. I don't know the name of the fruit, how they are eaten, or anything more useful than this - sorry!more
I went to Seto because it is a pottery town. Like many towns there was a lot of traffic and few pleasant features. However go to the Ceramic centre and information building and you can get directions about visiting a pottery and make some pottery. Exit the Seto Owari station (last stop), and turn left. Walk about 250m and its across the road.more
Take time to look around, appreciate the architecture and small details that make the traditional Japanese way of doing things unique - Uwajima shows wonderful examples of people and nature sharing a place in harmony... You can go to a country and never really feel that you are there. Soaking up the quiet atmosphere in Uwajima, one feels the whole...more