So we had another family field trip, this time to Tatsuru's parent's house for some pottery and handmade soba noodles. It was fun. His Dad's a potter, so he showed us how me makes some pieces, then he got us to all have a go. It was the first time using a potter's wheel for all of us (except Tatsuru, obviously) and I don't think we did...too...bad. Lol. Here's some pictures of us using the wheel.
Tatsuru's Dad and George
Tatsuru and Mike
Suzi and Shinta
George being a goofball and taking a billion pictures and Keira
Ash and Tonya
Want to see the fruits of our labour? Well as it turns out, we didn't do too bad. I made a mini-vase...thing. I wasn't quite sure what I was making, but apperently that's what I made.
Mine's the one circled in red in case you couldn't tell. Lol. Apparently it'll take like 2 months for us to get them back because they're firing them in a special kiln. Before they put them away we all got to decorate them a bit, so I scratched my name in katakana on the side of it and made lines come out of the top. Lol. After that, we went inside and Tatsuru's Dad handed all of us a chunk of clay and let us make whatever we wanted. I suck at using clay it would seem, so I made some amazing, totally real looking, bunny paper weights and a plate.
After clay fun, we cleaned up and had soba and tempura for lunch. They made the soba noodles from scratch so they were really good! I didn't get a picture of the tempura, it was yummy so I blew through it too fast. Lol. The amount of soba they gave us was massive though! So much! I couldn't finish it! Most of us couldn't...except George. He had seconds, and then finished all of ours. Tatsuru went around all of us collecting our plates, then just scraped it all onto George's. Ahaha. His parents were amazed at how much George could eat. And since he can speak Japanese, he was able to tell them that he loved it.
They gave us a mug of tea and a cookie when we first arrived. It was nice. That bowl was FILLED with soba! That's how much I left over. I couldn't finish it! So much! It was so yummy though!
After we got back to the car (George and Keira wandered off to take pictures of a cute little train station and while Keira ran to get to the car, George waddled along, so we drove off and made him run beside the car for a bit, lol) we drove to the onsen. It was my first experience and it was AMAZING. We went to the outdoor section and it was heavenly. I totally want to go again.
After onsen, we went back to British Hills and ate a very fast dinner. (Tatsuru gave us 15mins to eat and change) Then we went to karaoke! We thought Tatsuru was going to have to fit all 7 of us in his car, but fortunately, Shinta came with and he drove too! Ash, Dave and I went with Shinta, and everyone else with Tatsuru. We had a lot of fun. Ash and I did a bunch of duets and Tatsuru and Shinta sang some songs together. Their last song was hilarious. xD