Day 12 - Time Travelling
Today Sato-san gave another lecture on his life and experiences, this time in Aizu-Wakamatsu. This one was in the afternoon, but Sato-san had various errands to run before getting there, so we planned to leave at 10:30am. This meant that I had the first part of the morning free to work, which I spent cleaning Fukurou-kan and dusting the sculptures and other artwork housed there. It was pretty easy and pleasant work, allowing me to admire each piece as I cleaned. It was another rainy morning here in Funato, so it was nice working indoors, and my surroundings combined with the rhythmic pitter-patter on the roof made for a very peaceful atmosphere.
First of Sato-san's errands once we'd left was to deliver a handmade sign to his mother, Masa-san's, old house, where there the current owner is an apple farmer. We met him and his two young sons in front of the house, and he admired a copy of Sato-san's new book on his latest trip to Greece, which were bringing a couple of boxes of to the lecture. On the way there we also passed through Aizu, which Sato-san pointed out as the area Makiko-san was born in. Next, we visited a barbers in Aizu Wakamatsu which used to be owned by a friend of Sato-san's, and he had a shave whilst I sat with and tried to entertain the new owner's two little daughters and their friend using my very limited Japanese. My favourite of the day's visits, however, was when we visited a cafe in Aizu Wakamatsu next to Tsuruga castle, and Sato-san showed me his sculptures displayed outside and introduced me to the owner, Igarashi-san, whose father was an old friend of his. The cafe was very cozy and lushly decorated with souvenirs from various periods of history around the world, and we sat and talked for a while over a delicious cup of coffee. By the time we actually arrived at the lecture venue I'd been given a very interesting tour of Sato-san's family and friends' past.
The lecture itself went very smoothly, and seemed well received by the large audience in the hotel where it was happening. Various gifts were given and a dinner held for Sato-san in thanks. In the evening, we returned home and were warmly received back at the house by Makiko-san, who'd spent the day indoors with Masa-san. We were tired, but satisfied at another job well done by all!