I've had a plan in the back of my mind that I wanted a huge square platter on my kitchen bench as a kind of catchall for the junk that inevitably makes its way to there.
I have walked past a little shop in the local town center that sells antique vases and other *expensive* Japanese decorating items a dozen times, always too afraid to go in.
Today I finally went in to ask if they had what I wanted. I was encouraged by the cheap stuff on a table outside the back. This one was $10.00, a second apparently, unsigned. It's solid and very heavy, glazed beautifully. A bargain for me.
I'm so happy. The old lady was extremely helpful and friendly. She looked about 90 years old and was tiny but didn't seem fazed by the giant foreigner in her store at all.
Flowers - locally grown, from the Farmer's Market yesterday. Also a steal at 80 cents each.