Cherry Blossom of 2017 Kyoto Osaka

Good afternoon! It’s been a while, how are you all?
Here in Japan, spring has come finally!
This year spring was a little later than usual.
Even in the end of March, there was no sign of warm weather. SO COLD!!!
Because of that, it seems “spring lady” slept in this year!
A week or 2 passed…..
Just when you thought you couldn’t wait any longer! Finally she woke up!

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Japanese Drumming Experience!

Wadaiko – The Japanese drum

It was about time that my inner man soul was set on fire, after seeing enthusiasm at Japanese festivals.

Finally! I have come to famous 1 day Taiko (drum)  lesson, TAIKO-LAB.

The location was a little bit confusing, but I made it just on time ;D

Actually I was going to take lesson with my friend, but he called in sick so I was the only one to take lesson on that day.

They escorted me to class room A. Taikos were lined up neatly, to me it looked like sake (Japanese alcohol) brewing at first.

The instructor explained to me the history of taiko, in the beginning of lesson.

According to him, Taiko’s history is as long as this nation’s history. It also appears in Japanese ancient myth.

The shape of Taiko’s origin is a pot ancient people used to put left overs.

I was almost right that I thought it was a sake brew at first hehe  😉

We did some easy warming up, and lesson begun.

He taught me basic method of drumming, and we started “sound returning”.

He made rhythm with his mouth as how he wanted me to play.

At first, it’s very easy to miss the rhythm,  but I somehow found a way as I kept trying.

I think the key is to be “easy-going”. If you tried too much to stick to rhythm, it seems harder.

Just relax and play as you feel like.

In the end, because I was the only one today, instructor made special arrangement.

He led me play the biggest Taiko.

This Taiko sounds way bigger than others, never stopped resounding in the room.

I looked at the instructor through mirror and tried to follow his rhythm.

In that moment, I wasn’t myself. I was just a man completely absorbed in hitting.

After lesson, he was so kind to show me a Japanese flute.

I couldn’t even make sound, probably due to my clumsiness. 🙁

Friends of Japanese festival, traditional culture. Osaka.

 

*Feel free to ask us any questions regarding Taiko lesson

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Driving Osaka city with MariCar!

If only I could drive go-kart in real life, like some games…..

Guess what, You CAN!! with MariCAR in Osaka!

maricar

Driving go-kart on public road is the funniest experience you’ll ever find! Guide will lead your way to make sure you feel safe the entire time.

It just opened in Osaka last month(October 2016) and we went there to experience it for ourselves!

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Universal Studio Japan’s Christmas Tree will be OVER!?

Every year during Christmas season, we see Universal Studio Japan’s ad on TV and imagine a magical Christmas night under the gigantic tree.

But this year something is different. It is said to be the last year for their symbolic tree.

Christmas tree in USJ has been known as a holder of Guinness world record as “having the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree”.(2015)

As for me, I went to see it on last year’s Christmas in 2015! The tree was illuminated with different colors to the music, there was also a show using projection mapping. It was a cold night but was beautiful!

The picture shown here is taken by me back then 😀

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