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So I woke up still incredibly inebriated and feeling very unwell. I ended up spending the day in bed whilst the others headed out to hit some baseballs. I got to cuddle their gorgeous pooch Ikyuu and we relaxed on the couch. Sayo made a quick grocery run and then taught Tam and I how to make gyoza! We got on a roll and made 80 of them!! Learnt some new cooking techniques and also how ...
... can drink and you ordered snacks from the menu. The poor drinks lady was constantly coming in and refilling ours. The karaoke was hilarious. Nori sang amazingly and we were all put to shame. Then he put the scoring on and Sayo whipped our backsides. We had such a great time and laughed until late. We had a quick stop at Lawson's on the way home to stock up on drinks and Nori patiently explained everything to me. We got a wide ...
... 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!
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 ...
... came to Mashiko to work with the students and help them prepare for the upcoming concert. The Dublin Taiko students greeted him and his Fu-Un no Kai group with gifts.
After two hours of hard work with Eitetsu the kids took a break for dinner, but their work had just begun. After dinner they were joined by Tenjin no Kai Juniors, the local youth taiko group with ...