We said goodbye to rainy Hiroshima. It was a 3.5-hour-long trip on the bus through some pretty amazing scenery to get to Izumo. I didn't realize Japan was so mountainous. We went through one postcard picture village after the next.
We arrived at the hotel at Izumo right before supper to be greeted in the hotel lobby by six young girl taiko drummers. Welcome to Izumo!!
They played us 3 songs; you could feel the music reverberate right through your body and we were mesmerized by their drumming. There was a girl in the back row who couldn't have been more than 7 years old. Just watching her concentration and her dedication put a smile on my face.
Izumo reminds me of Tofino in British Columbia. We are at a hotel where the waves are crashing only 20 feet from our room. So beautiful!!!
On the beach close to our hotel.
We put our feet in the Japan Sea. Very warm, but a large wave came and soaked us above our knees.
The hall where our concert will be.
We were taken out to a French restaurant for dinner.
We had a workshop with a choir made up of about 90 or so citizens from Izumo. We will be performing with them tomorrow night -- a song we have dubbed "The Happy Bunny Song".
Still not entirely sure what this song is about.
They are so nice!!
Since Steve and I were given the largest room at the hotel (karma has its benefits), we decided to have a room party. A fun night for all.