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Saturday, August 09, 2008

World debut of the "fuda"


Strolling home from Shinjuku Station down Omekaido Street, I stopped by a solitary guy sitting on some steps at the side of the footpath, who was beeping away on a weird looking musical instrument. Only one other person was watching, but having two people watching drew a (very) small crowd.

After beeping away for a bit on a rotatable cylinder covered in little buttons, he announced to us that tonight was the "street debut" of the "fuda," an instrument completely of his own creation.

There are only 10 such instruments in the world, he said, all made by him. He was very skilled at playing it, and maintained a good rhythm and nice counterpoint.

Keep an eye out for it, and, remember, you saw it first on JapanVisitor!

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