Yumi’s Adventures in Tennessee!
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.
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!
We enjoyed painting with the Nyon style and they made beautiful wall pockets with the Nyon roses!
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!!!
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.
Then we visited a country market. It was the just my image of old fashioned American market plate.
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.
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.
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.
When you go South, you still can see this flog a lot. This flog was the symbol for South in America at that time.
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.
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!
The inside of the museum was full of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and other rockabilly singer’s items.
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?!
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!!!
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!
I love this kind of American joke, lol.
Nashville was a huge town. I thought the bike was a great idea for tourists!
Tom, Linda and I visited the country music museum. I learned a lot of history of country music there.
I don’t think Reba is popular in Japan, but she is one of the most feature artists in America.
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.
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.
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!