This is my fourth post regarding to Tochigi prefecture. After I came back to Japan, I have been living in Utsunomiya city where my wife's hometown. My mother in law who had been well taken care of by my wife passed away shortly before I came back. My father in law had been in hospital and moved to a care house to reside. Occasionally we had chance to go to verious places in Tochigi prefecture. I am going to introduce places where I visited so far. First of all, TOTAK, Association of Certified Tour Guide in Tochigi, organized the tour to Mashiko from Utsunomiya. Mashiko is one of the most popular pottery village in Japan because of Hamada Shoji introduced his works to England, USA and so on.
We invited ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) as a guinea pig. We have non experienced certified guides. To train these guides, we organized the tour to Mashiko. We enjoyed the tea ceremony there.