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... it's easy to miss that depending on where the train stops along the platform, the sun angle, or if somebody has closed the window curtains to block the sun. At night, it's very hard to see the signs from the train. And some of the signs have faded from the sun so you can't read them. At the Karatsu Station, there was an electric sign listing the platforms for each train. I waited and waited for ...
... in the history of Arita and specifically its porcelain industry.
A little further along the road to Arita is the Koransha porcelain shop and museum. Koransha is an old, well-established kiln. Their shop and museum are in a a two-story building with a Western-style antique curved wooden staircase, something you would expect to find in a Victorian building.
The next day, I went to Hasami, a small town in Nagasaki ...
... directions to the Ceramics Plaza in Arita for later in the day.
I then walked up to the Ceramics Plaza and spent the afternoon visiting all the stores on the east side of the plaza (I had completed my visits to the west side yesterday). It was a slightly manic shopping day, fueled partly by the impasse in Washington over the federal budget and the threat that, if Congress is unable to agree on raising the debt limit, the ...
... August 14th
Carlos's Birthday! We hung out at Guy's Rock N' Roll Brats. Huis Ten Boushe is weird as hell.
All night Karaoke.
Thursday, August 15th
Back to Fukuoka on 2 hours of sleep…1 in Steven's apartment and another on the ...
... a defence and there is a small outer canal surrounding the wall. Inside are more logs sharpened like spears and pointing diagonally outwards to repel any attackers. Following the park map was a small museum near the entrance. Here were various excavated pots and ...