The Love for Drum

The artist you see in the picture is totally bonkers. But we can relate with him. Obviously, he has gone mad for his love for drumming. Perhaps he wants to go back to his womb and hear his mothers heart beat. Yes, we too at takonohashi like to go “back to the womb” at times. But not everyday like this guy.

The Love for Drum

In China, such drumming is all around (well, almost). You can go to a lot of places to listening people drumming.. but something is different. It’s not at all like in Africa or something, there are no hippies either. Such as this drum show in Beijing, that simply had our spirits lifted in a way that we could never believe. Millennium Drum as some call it, is a famous Beijing/Jiangzhou flavoured performance. Yet, not many foreigners go there, as mostly just the Chinese really appreciate the act. Which is just crazy, as it is amazing. Fuck the acrobatics, the opera whatever.. get down to some good old Chinese drumming and you will be REBORN.

The show life is something that we constantly get mixed up with. I don’t want to say anything bad, but there is a lot of crap. And this is far from it. While a ticket to Jiangzhou may cost a lot of time and money, Beijing is an easy bet.

We love the drum because it reminds us of the fact that we are living, here and now. Everything has a beat. But having a couple of dozens of highly skilful performers do it in intense style, is again something else. Which we could talk about all night, however going very close to the experience with words is rather difficult. All that is left is our recommendation to go and see the bloody show.

My dear readers

It’s a psychedelic day, with all the colors of the octopus. Arent’ they gorgeus creatures? Sounds like from some American movie. Oh, gorgeus they are with their ever changing colors that reflect the depts of ones true reflection in life. If only these words were enough.

Despite this confusing fact, a picture can act as a thousand actors. Behold!

Octopus Dancer

Eating Rice With a Bridge in Your Mouth

This is the hashi to the tako. It’s pretty funny actually. You see Japanese people doing the “oh, wow” moment a lot. For sure as much as you see westerners go “oh, aha”. Which is pretty different. Anyway, obviously a lot of Japanese words sound similar or are even pronounced exactly or marginally differently to each other. This is suprisingly not that confusing, when you understand the context of what someone is talking about. Let’s take the word “kami” for instance. It feels that this word just follows you, because every time you bring it up… someone comes up with a new meaning to it. And I can say it has a lot.

But the point is that making a joke about these things is just not interested. It’s just bad humour. Althought it sometimes cracks me up when westerners in Japan don’t realize that.

Anyhoo, I came up with a (bullshit) theory. Because the word hashi, means bridge and chopsticks. The reason why the word is the same, is because chopsticks act as a bridge between your mouth and your rice bowl. Get it?

Well. I feel like a university professor when I mention this to the Japanese. And that my friends is the “ooohhhh” moment. Just because you thought of something that they couldn’t. But of course, to a westerner that’s just some ridiculous shit. Get it?