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Hi I'm 玉屋 晃生 (Tamaya Kosei)

I was born in Hakusan City in Ishikawa Prefecture. I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was in high school. I currently live in Uji City, Kyoto, and I live in the mountains, working creatively as a pottery craftsman.

About Me

I currently live in Uji City, Kyoto, near the world heritage sites of Byodoin Temple and Ujigami Shrine. And Uji was the setting for Genji Monogatari, which was written by Shikibu Murasaki, the first known woman novelist. I currently work creatively as a pottery craftsman amidst the beauty of each of the four seasons. I have taught as a ceramics instructor in Thailand at Chulalongkorn University and in the United States at Brigham Young University. I am currently teaching pottery in my home studio to developmentally disabled individuals in order to help them become independent. I hold pottery exhibits in many places, where I teach and where I am also influenced by the many people I meet. I like sports, reading, going to art exhibits, traveling for pleasure, and cooking. The time that is the most fulfilling to me is the time that I spend with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

The Old Testament: Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He hath made every thing beautiful in its time; also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” I read the scriptures and pray by myself and with my family every day, and on Sunday I go to church in order to worship and to serve others. Everything is the will of God—the fun times, the difficult times, the good times, and the bad times. And all the times are beautiful. President Monson, the living prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has stated: “Seek heavenly guidance one day at a time. Life by the yard is hard; by the inch it’s a cinch. Each of us can be true for just one day—and then one more and then one more after that—until we’ve lived a lifetime guided by the Spirit, a lifetime close to the Lord, a lifetime of good deeds and righteousness.”

How I live my faith

One of my favorite sayings is, ‘Encounters [with others] make life rich, and partings make life meaningful.’ As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have come into contact with many people. Even now I interact with many different people. The more opportunities there are to value and support each other, the richer and the more meaningful our lives will be. When I strive to learn about and to incorporate the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life, I can truly sense my living self.