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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!
... 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.
... salmon freak.
We then traveled by bus to Motegi station, where we took a steam locomotive ride to the town on Motegi. The steam locomotive is an old restored train which is only run on weekends. As we traveled, there were many locals along the route waiving and taking pictures of the train.
After lunch at the Twin Rings Montegi hotel, we visited the Twin Rings Montegi raceway. The raceway consists of a 1.55 mile oval, with a 3 mi road ...