Sweet to the Beat

“I love playing taiko drums. I like it so much that I even gave up everything back home in Germany just to fulfill my dream of getting firsthand training in Japan. I had a stable job, one that I could see myself doing till the day I die. But it’s my destiny to perform and play taiko drums. My goal now is to become a coaching assistant to a taiko drum master.

“It’s tough. I have to juggle between jobs and taiko workshops. I’m learning a lot, though, under the tutelage of a great sensei. So I’m happy about that. Now I’m also learning the tradition, the country, and the culture behind Japan’s percussion instruments.

“I like my sensei because he really takes the time to explain stuff to me. Because, you know, sometimes Japanese people get `shocked’ when I ask questions.

“I don’t know, maybe I’m too German. When they tell me to do something in a certain way, and I ask why, they seem to have this baffled look on their faces, asking me why I’m asking why.”

In front of Adores Shibuya, a game arcade center and purikura (“print club”) mecca.

Don Quijote

“I love Don Quijote stores in Japan. They’re just amazing. They’re open 24/7 and you can get everything at oh so cheap prices. You can even buy medicine! But not the branch in Nakano. It’s really shitty and I hate it. The one in the district of Roppongi is pretty good though.”

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Finding diversity and inclusion. Breaking down barriers one post at a time. Stories and snapshots of foreigners making their way in Japan.

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