It's that time of year again! Every spring the streets of Mashiko are lined with hundreds of tent displays by potters from not only Mashiko but all over Japan.
Last year 300,000 visitors passed through the festival. It is a chance for potters to display their work in front of a wide and varied audience, and for the public to meet the artists and obtain their works at direct to the public prices!
For ten days the exhibitors brave the elements, and I for my part try to make it as enjoyable as possible. It is important to have all the comforts home, like a charcoal brazier for toasting your lunch.
It also comes in handy for making the occasional pot of coffee.
But when push comes to shove, we all know the most important ingredient in any successful outdoor event. Yes, that's right folks...Ice!
So Cheers everyone, and if you in this neck of the woods, stop in for a pint.