For the Benelux, Shirley Wouters of "Aware Jewels" from Uithoorn and Edith van Leeuwen of "ArtiChic" from Hillegom will participate and I have taken the place of Inge Verbruggen from Temse. Inge was unfortunately not in a position, her agenda was already fully booked with appointments in both metal clay, as well as scuba diving. I can imagine that she’ll definitely be in the next time.
We leave on February 7, to ensure a timely arrival and participation in the training. Michael brings me to the airport, this saves me a train ride. Moreover, it is fun and we speak to each other for a while, before I disappear from our family life for a week 😉. The other ladies are also nice on time. We have all checked in, so we immediately drop the luggage. Plenty of time for any purchases and a quick lunch. For the latter we choose the Asian kitchen to get into the atmosphere.
The flight with KLM is direct and well arranged. Good meals, plenty of drinks and a wide range of films. We will manage that way, even if we are unable to sleep. My sleep is often not a problem, so Shirley and Edith have more trouble. In the end it is all well and we walk reasonably freshly into Narita Airport. Now buy a bus ticket first. We are supposed to take the bus to Seiseki Sakuragaoka. Once there, Dice picks us up for a drive to Fuchu.
The bus ticket must be bought and paid with Japanese Yens. To be able to travel directly, a good connection is important, so arranging a ticket may not take too much time. And then it appears that our toilet break and the withdrawing of Japanese Yens lasted long enough to miss our connection. The next bus leaves only after 14.30. Too bad, but not insurmountable. There are also buses to Shinjuku, optionally we opt for that. First, to submit our dilemma to Dice, after all, we obscure him to adjust his pick-up schedule and it remains to be seen whether this is possible. And luckily there is something to change in the schedule, Dice comes to Shinjuku. There we can have lunch and shopping and then travel by train to Fuchu.
After a pleasant afternoon we arrive at hotel Matsumotoya. I share a room with Shruti Dev, she has already arrived a day earlier. That way we have more opportunity to chat, I am absolutely looking forward to it.
In addition to the course, this time we’re also offered the opportunity to visit the factory. Furthermore, a visit to the fish market, the museum park and the headquarters of Aida, all in Fuchu. All this framed by delicious Japanese meals in dear company.
All good experiences come to an end. The training was pretty tough and yet we managed to finish all projects well. With 6 beautiful pieces and a certificate richer, we take part in the organized farewell dinner for the last evening. And what have I laughed that night! Yutaro, in your role as Jack McLoy, you have done justice to your American name. Tough look and incorrigible golden humor!
Dear all, thanks for another incredibly great experience.
I look back with a smile and cherish the memories!