These images are from a sort of park for Okinawan culture. Ryukyu Mura, or “Ryukyu Village” is a park that showcases much of the culture of the island, featuring buildings that have been moved from other parts of the island. Even if it lacks the authenticity of a real town, I’d say that this is necessary as 90% of the buildings of Okinawa were destroyed during the 1945 battle and this park does a great job preserving the culture from previous times.
One of the first things visitors will notice is the sanshin, an instrument with three strings that sounds like a banjo, is often made from snake skin, and looks similar to the Chinese bowed Erhu. The sanshin is plucked and is a mainstay of traditional Okinawan music. I’ll attach a video first, because you really need to hear it to understand it:
In addition, Ryukyu Mura has a bit of a “Colonial Williamsburg” feel to it as costumed staff demonstrate daily life in the Ryukyu Kingdom and in old Okinawa:
The rest are from a performance that
Part of last weekend was spent in Hsinwu township and another township near Taoyuan for a family get-together. I brought the camera along and was glad I did, having visited the actual town center of Hsinwu for the first time.
The second set includes some rice fields near Yuling’s grandparents’ house. It’s interesting having visited last September/October during the harvest season and now while crops are fresh again to see how much the season changes the geography of the area.
Here are some more shots from Peacefest. If you haven’t already seen these, then I’m guessing you are not familiar with my photo site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jfahler. Anywho, on to some more photos from Peacefest.
One of the bands at the Daniel Pearl Day of Music yesterday was – to my surprise – a country group. Called “2 Acres Plowed,” they played a great set consisting of some originals and classics. Since I’ve been on a Johnny Cash/Hank Williams/Willie Nelson hitch lately in terms of my music listening, this was pretty well timed. Also, having lived in Houston, TX, this didn’t hurt much – though I have to say that I’ll be the first to admit I was too much of a “damn Yankee” to have ever been a “real” Texan.
The shots below were done with my 70-300 Nikkor lens stretched all the way out to 300 in most cases. Next time I shoot a concert, I’ll make sure to take different angles than I did… there was no reason to be stuck from the one (but good) vantage point I used… you’ll notice that only one photo below comes from the opposite end of the stage.
Oh, and here’s the band’s website and Facebook page.
One more note: You’ll see above that I now link to the “Lightbox” for each photo – a basic black background – instead of linking to the photo’s actual Flickr page. Let me know what you prefer in the comments if you’d like.
This shot was taken at a temple near the Taipei Artists’ Village, site of the 2010 Daniel Pearl Days of Music. I’ll be getting more shots from that concert series/arts event soon, but will first post a photo of a nun outside the temple on top of “Treasure Hill” in Taipei.
Below are some more shots from Beipu. Starting with a small “local god” set up in a tiny altar in front of a farm:
Followed by a group of statues of the goddess Guan Yin situated across the street from the smaller altar:
…followed by a cobblestoned street in a nearby park. Check this one out in full size in Flickr for the full effect.
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These shots were taken at a teahouse in Beipu where visitors are able to grind their own spices, tea, and nuts into a Hakka-style tea which is eaten with a bowl and spoon… and in my case, crisped rice. It’s a different take on tea, and it’s interesting to see a culture that has so many different kinds… much like the European/North American beer and wine culture.
…first, we’ve got the unground ingredients, which were placed in the bowl from biggest to smallest…
…followed by the finished product, which might not look appetizing at first. It WAS tasty, with a sort of nutty “healthy” taste to it – if that makes sense.
I’ll be posting more outdoor shots from Beipu soon…