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... thus far.
The scenery up here is very beautiful indeed. In fact I think this part of Japan may be underrated as we are finding it very similar to parts of the Dolomites in Italy, or the Swiss Alps. It's virtually tourist free this time of year, as I guess it's more of a winter snow resort area. I'm really not sure, but all I know is that I love it.
We are not by ourselves anymore, as our traveling compadres Alex and Boris ...
I've had a lot of wifi/technology/camera issues which have made the blog difficult to continue to update. We are on our second day in Tokyo now but I wanted to try and catch up a bit on our last few days in Mashiko.
Our final few days were primarily about taiko workshops and preparation for the big concert. We were Able to take a few side trips. We returned to the kindergarten where had so much fun the day before and the kids sang ...
... each of us were able to create two pieces of pottery. This is the second time I have tried this, and as much as I appreciate pottery, the making of it completely baffles me. I can't cannot get that lump of clay to move the way I want it to.
After pottery class, we visited a local pre-school/kindergarten in Mashiko. There we were ...
After a few days of site seeing it was time to get down to what has made the entire journey possible... Taiko!
We did make one more stop before City Hall (the site of the workshops and concert).
Mashiko is one of the most prestigious pottery centers in the world, and so we made a trip back to Togei Masse park, where our reception was held, as it is also the ...
... today which should be fun! The meals we have gotten so far have been terrific and chopsticks have gotten a little easier with practice. On Sunday we got to see one of the coolest things ever: Asimo. Asimo is a robot that was designed by Honda and we got to see him in action in a Honda museum! It's an eight minute clip and the Wi-Fi in our hotel sucks so it might not get up here but I'll try.