Saturday, January 19, 2013

Black and White Bird/白黒の鳥

I've been practicing in front of the student activity center on campus recently because it's a bit closer to my dorm, so it's easier to go home and drop off my instrument before going to class.  There are a couple of Banyan trees, which birds seem to love living in, nearby, so every morning I'm treated to the sight of lots of birds darting around in front of me as I practice.  I got some pictures of this neat black and white one recently.  I have no idea what it's called, but it's a smart-looking bird. 

I also had an interesting experience recently while practicing here.  A group of five people came up to me and started speaking to me in Japanese.  It turned out that 4 of them were Japanese.  (One of them was Taiwanese, though she could speak Japanese as well.)  One of them was a mainlander who lives in Taipei, and one was an Okinawan who also lives in Taipei.  The other two live in Okinawa and run a restaurant.  They had come to Cheng Da's campus to collect material for a radio program, and they had run across me totally by coincidence.  Also, it turned out that the Okinawan guy who lives in Taipei is also involved in trying to make Okinawan music more popular in Taiwan!
I've had a number of experiences like this thanks to the Sanshin.  Music is magic.

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