Here in UK, all bank holidays are on Monday, except for Christmas. Even the Queen's birthday is moved to the nearest Monday, for the convenience. It is called the Queen's official birthday. To me, it should be celebrated on the day she was born. But I think peculiar British rationalization and unique logic of convenience rule here. So if they have moved Her majesty's birthday so that they could have a longer weekend, it was just the most natural thing for them to move May Day to the nearest Monday.
After I left Japan, the then Japanese government made an unspecific holiday to make a long holiday from late April to early May. Bank holidays used to be the 29th of April (the Late Emperor's birthday), the 3rd (Constitution memorial Day) and the 5th of May (Children's festival). Now the 4th of May is also a bank holiday. Unlike here, in Japan, sadly workers still find it difficult to take a long holiday because of social pressure, so this was the a bit of a solution from the then government. Two countries and two solutions to make longer holidays.
Although I am not under such pressure, I seldom take a break from ceramics. If I do, I tend to get bored. I have to find something else to occupy my mind. Last night, I loaded the kiln and started bisque firing after finishing this chicken totem! I did some sgraffito on her body.
|Out of sorts (2012). Sold|
|My latest Out of sorts|
|Five angels and three chickens|
Here are some photos of the city centre this morning. There were lots of European tourists, especially French. First, we decided to have some cakes before shopping. We found this new Turkish cafe.
|Turkish coffee house with Turkish deserts.|
We bought 4 baklava to take out. We were charged £9. We will never go again!
|£9 for these!|
It is on Butchery lane. It is a narrow lane with several independent shops and cafes.
|The sign from the past is still here.|
|Some shops still uses old signs. Charming!|
There is also Roman museum. You can see the excavated Roman mosaic in here. Canterbury used to be one of the important cities since the Roman period.
Canterbury Cathedral gate is just there. This place used to be a cattle market. Tourists were queuing this morning.
Next to them, ordinary Morris dancers were waiting for their turn. I love their cheerful costumes!