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... how they are learning English. The man who owns the kindergarten is also a monk who them took us to a nearby temple where we practiced meditation. That afternoon we all took a pottery class. Each of us were able the create 2 pieces of pottery. I have included a couple pictures of Jonah behind the wheel.
The next day while the kids were practicing taiko a group of chaperones were able to tour a sake brewery. This is a small brewery where ...
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.
... Until they figure out how to get the robot to do laundry or make a sandwich, however, color me unimpressed.
After the bus ride back to the hotel and time to clean up, we went of to the welcome reception at Togei Masse park. This was a wonderful event and the highlight of the trip thus far. We were greeted by the mayor of Mashiko, several local parliament members, and a local businessman who sponsored the event. The greeting was very warm and ...