Finally, I made it back to Mashiko. It was wonderful to see the rebuilt kilns from Matsuzaki Ken-san’s Anagama http://youtu.be/2lDZDtb1KEM plus Noborigama
and Hamada Tomoo-san’s Noborigama http://youtu.be/kUlcquYxWkQ and Salt Kiln
So, things are getting better in Mashiko, but it is still very difficult for all the people to survive. Some Japanese tourists are coming and buying pottery, but the foreign tourists stay away. Please, donate to Mashiko for further rebuilding of this beautiful, historical pottery town.
Matsuzaki-san, Hamada-san and Yuchiko Baba-san donated cups to my “Sakura” exhibition for next week in Kamakura where customers can buy the cups as donation or give donations for the “Sankokan”, the Reference Museum of Hamada Shoji which still needs to be repaired from the damage of the earthquake.
I stayed at the Minshuku of Furuki-san from the Tao Art Clay Center while I was in Mashiko: http://youtu.be/vSl5J9Tgg8o He did a wonderful job renovating and rebuilding the whole Minshuku.
The next video shows the progress he made in repairing his wood fire kiln site of anagamas: