Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Street Musicians

I was hanging out around Ikebukuro station last night, walking around, taking in the sights, and enjoying some amazing sushi, seriously like the best sushi I've ever had, and it was from your average stop-and-go sushi restaurant. While walking through the tunnel under the tracks, I found myself drawn to a strange mix of Western and Japanese folk music. On one side was the woman, wailing in a traditional singing voice while plucking at the shamisen, a tradition guitar-like plecturn instrument with a hollow yet haunting sound. On the other side was the man, playing and slapping chords on a guitar in open tuning. They appreciated having a one-man audience and chatted with me in between songs. The woman even explained to me about the makeup of her instruments. I'll be sure to catch them next time they are in town.

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