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... into spontaneous applause a couple of times during the DTG performance.
After the slow the kids were treated like rock stars greeting the public in the lobby.
We returned to the hotel where there was a big reception party with food and dancing. I may or may not have had a little more yuzu sake.
The next morning the Hotel slaff at Mashikokan gave us a great send off complete with singing and signs and it was off to Tokyo!
I'm falling a little behind with the blog so I'll let the pictures do the talking for this day. If you open up the pictures into a slide show you will find additional commentary for some of the pictures.
In brief, we started the day by visiting Terasawa, a workshop where taiko drums are manufactured.
After lunch we took a pottery ...
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 we're going to continue practicing taiko with Eitetsu and his group. Yesterday we met the taiko group from Mashiko and got to play a little with them! They seemed pretty cool but they were younger than I had expected. Most were definitely younger than almost all of us. Anyway, we are going to have a workshop with Eitetsu and hopefully get to play with some of the Mashiko kids. We also plan on doing ...
... in Nikko it is most famous for the Toshugu Shrine. The shrine dates back to the 1600s and the architecture is incredible. To see all of the buildings required not only a lot of walking, but climbing A LOT of steps. It was a challenge for out-of-shape me, but happily I was able to keep up with kids.
After touring the temples for ...