Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument


"The happiness of those whose believe", "Spiral~ The Bonds of Reasoning"

A long, long time ago, at high school, I had to write a paper for Economics. Maybe it was a sign of things to come, but it was about the burst of the Japanese bubble economy. One sentence in that paper that I can't forget was the description of the Japanese as hardworking folks. Which is true, but we forgot to mention that the Japanese have a crazy amount of national holidays. Heck, there is even a law that converts normal workdays into holidays if the day before and after are also holidays.

Tuesday was Culture Day (文化の日), which meant a free day. We went to the Kyushu National Museum in Daizaifu, as there were some (free) events for international students to get in touch with Japanese culture. Or something like that. It was free at any rate. The first thing we did was the tea ceremony. Despite knowing what would happen, I once again I decided to give up the use of my feet in order to sit in proper seiza. Making it to the exit was once again troublesome. Cue the laughing tea ceremony students.

Afterwards we attended a taiko workshop. Being asked whether anyone had experience in the taiko, I resisted answering with "I am a Taiko Master-don" and the workshop started. Which was fun! Of course, the day after my arms hurt like hell, but it was worth it. To pierce the sky with your bachi (stick) and to let the earth tremble with the sound of the drums, the taiko is an awesome instrument. Afterwards we went through the museum and walked through Daizaifu a bit, which really looked like Kamakura (also because Daizaifu is home to Daizaifu Tenmanguu, a big Shinto shrine).

But the best part of the day was that I actually found a restaurant that served normal sized gyouza.

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