Bon Daiko Lesson – Soran Bushi
Soran Bushi is a song that would keep fishermen warm and entertained during the monotonous and physically demanding tasks of lifting herring-filled nets from the freezing waters of Hokkaido. It’s likely that the Soran Bushi we know today is a combination of several work songs originating from the area.
During the spring, fishermen would gather in Hokkaido and the surrounding areas to wait for schools of herring. Once they received word that the herring were near, they rowed out to sea with their nets. Aside from a small portion that was dried and used for food, the herring were boiled to extract the fish oil, and the remains were used as high quality fertilizer.
Soran Bushi Lyrics
I ask the seagulls where the herring are
And he answers “I’m just passing by. You’ll have to ask the waves.”
Out at bay, I listen to the seagulls hovering above
And it makes happy to be a fisherman
If you’re a man, ride out on the waves
The girl at the market needs no makeup
The silver scales light up her face
The dancing silver scales and the songs of seagulls
Signal the sunrise and another good catch
Bon Daiko Classes at Los Angeles Taiko Institute
I teach Bon Daiko every Friday night from 8-10PM at Los Angeles Taiko Institute in Torrance, CA. Please let me know when you would like to drop in!
Date and Time: Fridays from 8-10PM
Place: 20909 S Western Ave Torrance, CA 90501
Fees: $26 per session
Private Lessons and Skype Lessons
I also offer private lessons and online taiko lessons via Skype from my studio in San Pedro. Please let me know when you would like to schedule a lesson!
Place: 1300 S Beacon Street San Pedro, CA 90731
Fees: Private Lessons $60/hr, Skype lessons $40/hr