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Lake Chuzenji town needs a serious refurbishment. It is all stuck somewhere in the 70's with all the hotels and restaurants in serious need of a touch up. It isn't ever going to attract the volume of tourists that spend serious cash so I guess it will have to stay in the 70's .... There is plenty of modern world out there anyway. Our hotel was the best in town but still smelt pretty musty and even brought on ...
... the process is still very manual, After the tour it was tasting time! I've never been s big fan of sake, but this was clearly higher quality stuff than I have had before. They also broke out yuzu, strawberry, and tomato flavored sake. Loved the yuzu.
The highlight of the remainder of our time in Mashiko was, of course, the concert. About 1000 people piled into city hall which is also a very nice auditorium. The audience was very enthusiastic, ...
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 ...
... quick trip back to the hotel to eat lunch and change into workout clothes (for those of us who were going to workout), it was off to Mashiko City Hall for workshops and rehearsals.
Dublin Taiko was founded 10 years ago under the guidance of Eitetsu Hayashi, one of Japan's most acclaimed taiko drummers. He has since served as sensei Susann Barrett's teacher and ...
... 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.