Not far from here in Sasebo, there is a place where pieces of pottery look like they grow out of the walls of buildings, bridges, even poke out from the ground in the streets. Shelves of pottery and vases line the windows of shops, some exquisitely painted, others waiting to be painted. A place filled with terraced rice-fields and small, hidden Japanese businesses, restaurants, and shops. This is Hasami. A quaint little town full of secret hidden gems. Tucked away, a top a mountain, is a little house known to the Americans here as “Pizza on the Mountain” or to others “Hasami Pizza.”
This old building was an awesome discovery! I read that this building had pottery kilns and was converted to a brick oven pizza joint. It reminded me much of the mountain lodges and shops you’d find on the ski mountains in Colorado. It is an old wooden building with a fire pit built right in the center, surrounded by little stools around it so you can either enjoy the warmth or eat and drink tea. The set up makes for a very cozy experience.
Here at this restaurant, visitors come to eat of course, but there is something else that makes this place stand out from others. You are able to make your own pizza from stratch and paint a piece of pottery!
When we walked in, we were served cups of hot green tea. Then the owners prepared fresh ingredients and dough for us to make our own pizza. After preparing the pizzas, they were placed into the brick fire oven for a couple of minutes and ta-da- one of the best tasting pizzas with the freshest ingredients! When finished enjoying our homemade meal, we each picked a piece of pottery and got busy to painting them.
Random extra side note: The toilet room was pretty neat. There was pottery everywhere/ in everything. Just a unique touch 🙂
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!