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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 ...
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.
... salmon freak.
We then traveled by bus to Motegi station, where we took a steam locomotive ride to the town on Motegi. The steam locomotive is an old restored train which is only run on weekends. As we traveled, there were many locals along the route waiving and taking pictures of the train.
After lunch at the Twin Rings Montegi hotel, we visited the Twin Rings Montegi raceway. The raceway consists of a 1.55 mile oval, with a 3 mi road ...