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Our journey added yet another dimension upwards into the mountains north of a Tokyo. The quaint temples of Kyoto have been swapped for stunning panoramic views of lakes, waterfalls and distant views of multi layered far away mountain ranges.
This part of the trip for me has been bliss, as the temperature and humidity has dropped making it that much fresher up high. It's a much needed breath of air to what has been a series of ...
... 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 ...
... will perform on the 20th. After Tenjin no Kai rehearsed their pieces, the two groups joined each other on stage to rehearse their joint piece. Check out the video below!
To be able to witness the cultural exchange among the students has truly been an honor and a privilege. Jonah and I are so fortunate to have this opportunity.
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 ...