Melting Hot Summer

by Tsuda Ryo

Hi everyone,

I feel like this year has been the hottest summer

I have ever experienced in Nagoya area,

and at the same time was the weirdest.

After the rain season, it gets to 38-40 degrees

almost everyday, which is really unusual in Japan, and

the humidity makes it even worse...

We are melting....

This summer is either super hot or typhoon.

As I said above, it has been really really hot, but

when it's not, typhoon is on our way and leaves

scars on our soil.

Some people say global warming is not real,

but we feel that in our everyday life.

We need to do something about it.

Not only the strange weather makes me want to

do something about the global warming, but the

beauty of nature, stunning nature that

we have on earth, tells me to

keep it for our children.

What I can do as individual is small, but

I just have to do what I have to do to make

smallest change.

Hyouge Mono Manga comic

by Tsuda Ryo

This is one rare piece of Manga comics that is about pottery and history of Sengoku Jidai.

The main character is Oribe Furuta.

If you know Japanese pottery well, the name must ring the bell.

And yes!! He is the one who made Oribe pottery, deep green glaze often with hand written picture.

He was also a Samurai, worked for Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Ieyasu Tokugawa.

In this story, he is described as pottery freak in funny way, who is serving for many generals,

and finally becomes the master of tea ceremony.

In Sengoku period, the tea ceremony was the place where secret talk takes place.

Tea room was small and distanced from other rooms that no one can overhear the conversation.

Thats been said, the tea master could hold important secrets of the time and possibly control

the politics. Sengoku period is so dramatic and this manga shows us how the politics work

along with tea ceremony.

Actually I have never read Manga comics before, but almost every pottery maker reads Hyouge Mono

and recommend me, so I finally started to read. It's really funny, and I can get the knowledge of the

pottery and Oribe, it is great!

In Monoina, Oribe glaze is used in Hanzawa-san and Junri-san works.