Sunday, June 10, 2012
Occupied Okinawa #13: Sanshin Music
Sakima Art Museum.
Over our ten days in Okinawa we spent alot of time at Midori's Cafe and the Okinawan language school on the floor above. The school is free for the public and is just getting started. I took some pictures, video and notes while I sat through one of their sessions and will hopefully we writing about it later. As the Chamorro and Okinawan language are in similar not too healthy states, that was something that I had constantly discussed with people.
My favorite part of the party at Midori's cafe was that we were treated to some sanshin music by Jun Sakima, whose father is the owner of the Sakima Art Museum. The sanshin is a three-string guitar that was introduced to Okinawa via China and later made its way to Japan. He played several songs song of which got the Okinawans in attendance up and dancing. I wish I could remember the names of the songs that the played and what they were about. According to what I remember one song was about refusing to accept the world around you as real but always feeling that it is a dream. Another, the one that had everyone dancing, was a song that celebrated the end of the World War II.
I've posted below some videos of Jun playing.