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But most of all, said Taka, he loved the synchronicity of the music and the tapping feet.
He joined the hundreds of thousands of people the world over who find that Irish dancing is a bridge to all cultures.
If you're in Ireland this weekend, keep an eye out for Taka, his wife, and a group of friends who will be dancing on Dublin's Grafton Street.
“I want to show Irish people my contribution to Irish dancing,” he told the Irish Times today. “I hope they’ll appreciate it.”