Saturday Night we went to see “Yamato – The Drummers of Japan.” If you have ever seen “Stomp” conceptually it’s very similar, except they are playing musical instruments, but ultimately they are putting on a show that engages the audience and is more than “drumming.” First and foremost let me say the drumming is spectacular and I was extremely surprised and pleased that of the 10 drummers 4 of them were women. It may be my own perceptions but I tend to associate drummers and drumming with men. How many rock concerts do you attend where the drummer is a woman? Exactly, there may be one or two but it is predominately male dominated.
The show was 2 hours long and it is great. The musicians are extremely talented and you could feel the energy in the auditorium. If they every make it back to the US and you have a chance to see them I would recommend the show. I’m also a little sorry I never learned how to play the drums. The women had amazing arms.
Sunday we hopped on the train and went to the “Beef” festival. Yes, you did read that correctly. There is a week-long festival a couple of towns over where they auction cows and have booths with food and a petting zoo. They also had a Beef King and Queen contest. I thought they were going to crown cows, but L thinks its people competing for the titles. Unfortunately I can’t shed any light on the subject beyond that because we didn’t watch the competition.
I did drink a “Swiss Milk” milk shake (banana flavor) which was more like a wicked cold glass of milk than what I think of as a traditional milk shake but it was also very good. Now some of my impression may be tainted by the fact that since we have been here I haven’t seen anything that actually looks like “milk”. We buy these boxes of “latte” that don’t even get refrigerated until after you open them. They taste ok and have the consistency of watered down skim milk but I would never have the urge to drink a glass of it.
We also saw some baby cows with their mom’s ... I've decided that baby cows are very cute. I could never be a cattle farmer, I'd want to name all the animals:
This one is cheese burger
This one was called pork chop
We also saw the King of all BBQ grills, apparently you can rent this one if you were having a party with 600 of your closest friends….
Even BBQ grills have babies ....
Then some random pics
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