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