Photo: Christian Mata

Feel The Beat. Jeonju, South Korea. By Christian Mata.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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This was one of the hardest things I ever learned to do. Mostly because of the ribbon hat. Sadly, that was 20 years ago and if I tried to 360 spin why keeping that long ribbon twirling, I will end up in the hospital with significant PT. On the other hand, the indoor, seated version of this, called samulnori, would be easier to pick up.