Vibrant Lands: Echizen
In May 2014, VL founders Amiko Matsuo and Brad Monsma led 20 CSU Channel Islands students on a trip to Echizen, one of six oldest kilns in Japan.
Students learned nejitate, a technique used to build large vessels from coils, from Hyuga-sensei.
They walked along working and abandoned rice fields into the forest to the site of ancient noborigama kilns.
They talked with Inoue-san about organic rice farming. Toward the end of the trip, students made onigiri with Inoue-san's mother and kept a kiln fired round the clock for three whole days during the annual festival.