I may have mentioned the town we live in has a Japanese population of one—including my wife.
But there is a thriving community, apparently, in Orlando. A Japanese teacher emailed me about a Japan Festival in Orlando coming up next month. We may try to go down for it. She gave me a link, but unfortunately it is a ‘Server not found’ type of link. I’ll try to post it here later after getting more information.
She is also involved with a Taiko team—Japanese drums. If you have never heard/seen Taiko in person, definitely make it high on your list of things to do while in Japan. Or if you don’t want to leave your computer, you could just watch it here:
This is the Taiko group that sensei is affiliated with. For more videos click here.
UPDATE: Here is the link to the Japan Festival ’07 website. If you are in the Orlando, Florida area, consider making the trip. Yumi and I are planning on going–if we can get a baby and dog sitter