From Paragon Golf Center's multifaceted practice complex, Peter Yum improves pupils' swings by channeling wisdom accrued from a junior golf career and time spent under the tutelage of Tom Ness and Ben Doyle, two of golf’s most revered instructors. Peter dissects swings from the comfort of a covered 90-stall driving range with heaters, fans, and automated tee technology that raises golf balls onto hitting mats on command or in exchange for a shiny divot tool. While tweaking their swings, golfers can look at their reflection in stall-side mirrors, helping them better grasp Peter’s corrective advice on how to properly strike the ball or bedazzle their golf glove.
Featured on Access Atlanta, JapanFest's two-day festival gives crowds of more than 17,000 people a chance to taste varied Japanese cuisine, watch live performances from Japanese musicians and artists, and practice traditional arts in hands-on exhibits. The tunes of Grammy-winning recording artist Yukiko Matsuyama, whose compositions feature the traditional stringed koto, drift through the air as festival-goers watch the hands of professional calligrapher Kotaro Hachinohe bring a large paint-sodden brush down on paper in bold strokes. Pairs of guests can practice the art of petal positioning at the Japanese flower-arranging exhibit, then carefully prune miniature trees at the bonsai demonstration, pruning branches as gingerly as generals clipping budding turrets from the potted tanks in their offices. A range of other participants fills the center's showroom, including anime collectors, kimono crafters, and sake sellers. After perusing the swarm of exhibitors, visitors can reboot with traditional Japanese fare from vendors such as Kotobuki Cafe and Sushi Niko Niko.
Star Zone Bowling keeps the competition rolling on each of its 24 lanes until at least 2 a.m. every night of the week. Clad in alley-approved footwear, teams cluster around one or two lanes to pepper scoreboards with a mélange of strikes, spares, and turkeys, dazzling onlookers with the flashy footwork and skillful tosses of ice-skating pizza-makers. A full-service snack bar soothes hunger pangs, as a game room brimming with arcade accouterments and a ball pit keeps visitors entertained between frames. Additionally, Star Zone Bowling boasts an onsite poker room, and a nightclub space, as well as an ample array of flat-screen TVs broadcasting touchdowns, home runs, and slow-motion replays of all British Parliamentary proceedings.
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