EARTH, i walk

a photoblog about my feet (a day in the life of dan le)

[surrounded by taiko and water // Sado Island, Japan]

hello world. it’s been a while since i’ve updated my life since March and since i’ve moved to Nagoya, Japan. I’ve been here for over a month now and i have to say i’ve had a smooth transition, considering that i was in Japan last year for 5 weeks.

living in Nagoya definitely has its perks and downsides. i actually live on the most eastern edge of Nagoya in a city called “Nisshin”. it’s about a 45-minute bike+subway ride to the city center which is probably a blessing in disguise for me. the perks are that i’m secluded from the hustle and bustle of city life. being separate from the hustle and bustle allows me to refocus on my priorities. “what are your priorities?,” you may be wondering. well, i’ll tell you:

  1. save money to pay of student loan debt.
  2. write more often.
  3. read more often.
  4. play the guitar and learn the notes up and down the fretboard.
  5. speak japanese proficiently.
  6. be a better chef.
  7. reflect more to become a better person.
  8. work on my priorities.

Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture. a 2-1/2hr ferry ride from either Naoetsu or Niigata will get you there.

shifting gears, i just came back from a 10-day trip to Sadogashima (Sado Island) for the 3-day Earth Celebration. i had an extraordinary time, to say the least. i got to see live music, which is one of my joys in life, as well as meet new people and learn new things. i wouldn’t have even been on the island if it weren’t for my amazing and talented friend Sabrina, who is a Brazilian musician living, touring, and traveling in Japan.

i took a ferry from Niigata Port to get to the island. it landed in Ryotsu port on Sadogashima. at the ferry terminal, i met 3 gaijin, or foreigners, who i befriended and got a chance to talk to extensively while we were on the ferry as well as on the island itself.

i then hitch-hiked, with two of the other gaijin i met, from Ryotsu Port down to Ogi Port, where the Earth Celebration was being held. this was my third time hitch-hiking, all of which have been in Japan. hitch-hiking in Japan is seriously the easiest and most interesting way to get around the country. i have to say, people are really nice here and, in my experience, will go out their way to drive me to places an make sure i’m where i need to be. i don’t ask them to do all this, but it just happens that way. i don’t want to take it for granted and have to remind myself to pack gifts on my person to give when i know i’ll be hitch-hiking.

Shamisen + Taiko Drummer in the blazing Sado Island heat.

upon arriving to Ogi, i am excited to see dozens of tents where people were selling their wares, of mostly imported handy crafts from “developing” countries for exorbitant prices (which i had no interest in), and a stage set up at a park directly in front of the Pacific Ocean and a duo performing the Shamisen and Taiko Drum on the stage.

So KODO is a very well organized Taiko group that lives, works, and sleeps on the island. they’ve been performing and doing what they’re doing for over 30 years now and it really shows. they’re super skilled and the performance really just blew me out of the water. Photography/Videography was not allowed during the main performance so i apologize for not being able to show you how amazing they were.

besides the main performances being amazing, i just had the best time experiencing the feel of the island. i slept at two different locations on the island; one being at the being (camping) and the other staying with a family that hosted me for 3 days! You will see in the images above which explain my experiences.

it’s getting late, i must sleep. until tomorrow, じゃ明日!

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This entry was posted on August 28, 2012 by in Japan.
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