Yumi’s Adventures in Tennessee!

Hi all!

Today I want to write about my adventures in Tennessee. I know it will be a long entry. I still have one more long adventures with Rikki, and I will write about it later.

First of all, I show you my work shop piece at Linda’s.

Nyon Roses Plate

Nyon Roses Plate

Nyon Roses Plate

Nyon Roses Plate

Linda is my Tennessee mom #1 (I have another Linda Tennessee mom #2), and I met her at Tybee this year.

I had a work shop at Linda’s in Tennessee, and we painted the Nyon style. I stayed at her house for a while, and she took me to several cool places. I think Tennessee is one of the coolest places in America!

Linda's Painting people

Linda’s Painting people

Linda's Painting people

Linda’s Painting people

We enjoyed painting with the Nyon style and they made beautiful wall pockets with the Nyon roses!

One of Linda's Painting People's Work

One of Linda’s Painting People’s Work

They added some gold work after they fired the wall pockets.

After the workshop, Linda took me to several places and I show you where I visited.

First, she took me to the TeaPot Museum!!!!! It was a dreaming place for me. Can you imagine, at the museum we can see tons of hand painted teapots for free!!!! Linda has a good friend who can explain about each teapot’s history. I enjoyed listening to the stories. The museum is the biggest teapot museum in the world. Although I can’t post all pictures of the teapots, I post some of them. The place is in Tennessee, and if you are interested in seeing them, you should go there! I’m sure for all porcelain painters, the museum is a dreaming place! Thank you so much, Linda for taking me to the place!!!

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

This is the rich guy’s house who owned the bunch of teapots. He donated his collections from all over the world to the museum.

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

The Tea Pot Museum in Tennessee

Then we visited a country market. It was the just my image of old fashioned American market plate.

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Inside of the shop was so neat. It just looked like a museum even though it was an actual shop. I just felt like I went back to 40’s, 50’s in America.

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Old Fashioned American Country Market

Tom and Linda took me to a battle place of civil war between Alabama and Tennessee.

It’s my first time to visit a battle place.

Civil War Battle Plave

Civil War Battle Plcve

In South we can see a lot of civil war battle places and museums. You can see a lot of cannons on the battle places.

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

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Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

When you go South, you still can see this flog a lot. This flog was the symbol for South in America at that time.

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

I thought when we lived in the Civil War era, my Michigan moms, Gay, Emilie and Kay were Yankees, and my friends^\[ from North and from South fought against each other. The thought made me really awkward.

Civil War Battle Place

Civil War Battle Place

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Do you know that rockabilly was born in Tennessee? Isn’t it neat?

Linda also took me to the rockabilly museum, and it was pretty cool!

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

A very popular rockabilly song, Blue Souse

A very popular rockabilly song, Blue Soes

The inside of the museum was full of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and other rockabilly singer’s items.

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

Yumi is playing the dram belongs to Elvis Band member!

Yumi is playing the drum belongs to the Elvis Band member!

The most exciting thing at the museum was I could play the drum belongs to the Elvis band member. I forgot the drummer’s name, though. Isn’t it cool?!

Rockabilly Museum

Rockabilly Museum

Can you see my autograph? All visitors can write down their names on a wall, and I’m the first person who wrote down the name in Japanese!!! I don’t think many Japanese people have visited the place. I’m so so lucky!!!

Blue glass

Bluegrass

Tennessee is a music state and we can listen to bluegrass music in front of a shop. I listened to people enjoying playing bluegrass music at the country store. I thought it was really neat!

The last spot in Tennessee is Nashville!!!! It was one of my dreaming places for a long time, and I’m so happy that I could get there!

Nashville is a mecca of country music. Some day I want to go to a real country music concert in Nashville!  Tennessee is a really music state relates to bluegrass, rockabilly and country music!

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

I love this kind of American joke, lol.

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville was a huge town. I thought the bike was a great idea for tourists!

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

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Tom, Linda and I visited the country music museum. I learned a lot of history of country music there.

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

I don’t think Reba is popular in Japan, but she is one of the most feature artists in America.

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

I forgot who was the owner of the car, but I thought this was the American car. I don’t think we can drive such the huge car in Japan, lol. We don’t have enough space to park the car.

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

The Nashville Country Music Museum

For American people it might be difficult to realize that how big your museums are, but from the Japanese point of view, the museum was gigantic. The museum has displayed a lot of stuff like such the big Cadillacs or Elvis’s piano or whatever.

Elvis's Piano

Elvis’s Piano

The Country Music Museum

The Country Music Museum

I really enjoyed exploring in Tennessee. Thank you so much for everything, Linda, Tom and Jill!!!

I’m looking forward to visiting to Tennessee again next year!

11 Responses to “Yumi’s Adventures in Tennessee!”

  1. Linda Badgett Says:

    Great blog Yumi. I love it!

  2. Wow, Yumi, It’s great that you’re seeing more of the USA than most of us that live here. It’s also great that you have your own personal tour guides. That way you also get to have things explained to you as you go along. Do your tour guides ever give you a quiz after you’ve taken their tours? :o)
    In the civil war there were also cases where family members fought against family members—-sons against fathers, cousins against cousins, etc. It just depended on where you were living at the time of the war. All males (and sometimes females) had to join forces for whichever side was where they lived. Terrible time for families!!!
    Once again, your work is beautiful!!! I’m sure your students learned a lot from you.
    Emilie

    • Hi, Emilie

      Thanks for visiting my blog again. I didn’t know that families also fought against. It’s really sad, and it reminded a Korean war. Thanks for teaching it to me!

      I really appreciate all my moms in America! Thank you as always!!!

  3. Linda Zollinger Says:

    Yumi, your blogs are amazing with details that even I have never seen. I did not know about the teapot Museum. Will have to put that on my list of places to see!

  4. I enjoyed the tour on your blog.

  5. Yumiko, your petite roses are amazing! How can you paint like that?! And the Tennese Teapot Museum are very impressive too. I’d hoped that some day I’ll be avaible to visit there too!

    • Hi, Yukari-san.

      Thanks as always for the comment. Thanks for the compliment for my Nyon roses. If you want to paint the roses sharpy, I recommend you to use some fat oil. I hope you can visit the teapot museum. It’s worth for you to visit!

    • Hi, Yukari-san.

      Thank you for the comment as always. The key to paint the Nyon roses is using some fat oil.
      The teapot museum is a worth place to visit. I hope you can get there some day!

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