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... 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, ...
... 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 ...
After a few days of site seeing it was time to get down to what has made the entire journey possible... Taiko!
We did make one more stop before City Hall (the site of the workshops and concert).
Mashiko is one of the most prestigious pottery centers in the world, and so we made a trip back to Togei Masse park, where our reception was held, as it is also the ...
... 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.
... was a huge success. Barbecued beef and pork was served with platters of sahimi and salads. It was all fantastic.
Here our taiko students were able to interact with local taiko students with whom they will perform later in the week. It was really a site to behold and a wonderful cultural exchange.
Right now I am on a bus to our day 3 location, Nikko Japan, where we will see local temples, waterfalls and mountains.