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july 15, 2011

i went to do 2 things.  the simple words are kaitori and taiko mise.

kai tori 2
kai tori

1)  in an effort to remember conversations and the ins and outs of what is going on around me, i asked the father of my friend to take me shell gigging. 

kai tori 1

kai tori naka (boku janai)

as you can see after just a few hours of sitting, sifting, scrapping the bottom of the river shore, he and i managed to get a lot (of course he more than me:)  it was fun, and i could have sat in the water for a long while, but the time was to move on.

ki tori 5

kai torimashita


2)  the father found a taiko mise in aichi prefecture near tsushima.  it is quite large.  the biggest drum is a rental.  i saw one that was 350 years old.  at this particular shop it seems they specialize in the kawa (drum head) and putting a drum together.  i was able to take pictures which will be uploaded later.  the highlight of visiting this shop was that the pamphlet is in english, too, so i will be reporing on that.  also, i got to play the big taiko.  the tree in which it was made, and the table i drank tea at, boasts from camaroon, africa.

taiko mise 2

taiko mise soto



About charleswinstead

having lived in japan for 3.5 years i wish to "go back to the island" as often as i can. i lived from 1999-2003. i went back in 2007, then again in 2011. i am a full time teacher, so the best time to go for me is during the summer vacation. it works out well because i love the sensational feelings i get in japan during the summer...especially playing taiko and eating lots of ma-cha ice.

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