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I've had a lot of wifi/technology/camera issues which have made the blog difficult to continue to update. We are on our second day in Tokyo now but I wanted to try and catch up a bit on our last few days in Mashiko.
Our final few days were primarily about taiko workshops and preparation for the big concert. We were Able to take a few side trips. We returned to the kindergarten where had so much fun the day before and the kids sang ...
... 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 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 ...