I went to Tumaki Ritsuko's dance studio at utunomiya. Her dance and my friend who learns South Indian dance were wonderful. And then we had dance a workshop. It's a great experience. I danced with 2 adults and a child in a group. We met first time but we danced together in front of people. I felt I am free!! Thanks.
Tochigi day 2: Oya Quarry Museum
Oya stone is a volcanic rock found only in this part of Japan. Its warm color, attractive texture, and ease of carving made it popular for garden walls and buildings requiring decoration. Unfortunately, it's also somewhat weak to weathering, especially the lower grades of stone. This museum has a small exhibition on the history of mining in Oya, but the big attraction is the cavernous quarry itself, which is huge enough not to be bothered by the inevitable tour groups.
Tochigi day 2: Oya-ji
Almost passed on this temple because it didn't look like much from the outside. Once I entered the gate, though, there was this main hall nestled under an imposing cliff and inside that a collection of Buddhist figures carved into the rock. One of them was said to be the oldest of its kind in Japan, dating from over 1000 years ago. It was all quite impressive, even more so because there were very few others there so early.