Nasushiobara Grand Hotel
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... us for the last leg of our trip. It was actually thanks to them we are here at all as they booked Japan long before us as a weeks stopover on their trip to Europe. We decided only a couple of months ago to join them and tack on a week beforehand to make a decent holiday out of it.
We had a fun rendezvous in Tokyo. They were on the same Qantas overnight flight we took, but Alex messaged from the airport that they were delayed. ...
... 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.
... the two hour trip home we had dinner at our hotel. Everyone was pretty tired from the trip and settled down pretty early, but not before a rousing ping pong battle between several of our taiko students with some Japanese gentlemen that were also staying at the hotel Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos of that.
... were at the bottom of the shrine stairs changing/praying. (Yes, I was rude and took a picture - I couldn't help it! How often do you see that?).
The lady at the hostel had recommended two hikes. Since I still had plenty of daylight left, I headed down the first. It was a fun hike through the giant forest trees on a rugged cobblestone path. The first half was all up stairs to get higher on the mountain. It ended at a little waterfall and tucked ...
... part of trying to view the action itself was every time the archer set off up the hill there was a sea of cameras and selfie sticks held over the crowd making viewing a challenge to say the least. The following day it was the samurai festival where a seemingly endless stream of people ( around 1500 I think) dressed in various costumes paraded through the same area, I had learnt my lesson from the day before and got there early to get a good ...