One Japanese day seems to equal a week in our usual calendar. During our Kirishima visit we gathered materials for three costumes, photographed three models in different locations, visited a senior center, tasted the local crops, held chickens, goats, dogs, cats and lilies, had a kimono makeover, visited the city mayor and his PR department, had a thorough tour of a local pottery, gave an interview to the Kirishima newspaper and enjoyed two cherry blossom parties with plenty of shōchū.
Mr Ōtsubo, our host and one of the Kirishima models, is a third generation green tea farmer and a very busy man (the above itinerary was orchestrated by him). As well as running the farm, shop and gallery, he oversees a biodiversity NGO, is involved in numerous local community affairs and events, including the local Street Piano public art project.
We are filled to the brim with experiences, gratitude and awe.
Japan – we’ll be back!