It reads “Youkoso Barerii-san” or “Welcome Valerie”. The little mikan oranges were a nice touch… There are 3 faculty in Ceramics at Kanazawa College of Art and about 25 or so ceramics students in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses
A gallery of images from our first weekend in Japan spent volunteering in Mashiko cleaning bricks, etc. for local potters. We traveled out by train and stayed at Mashiko-dokei, a great little cafe and inn.