oki yo!: The Lost Tapes

23 Mar

monorailThe most novel form of transportation on Okinawa Island, Japan, is this little monorail, which runs from the airport in Naha, the current capital city, to Shuri Castle, the former seat of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It started running in 2003, the first rail transport in Okinawa since the island’s destruction in World War II.

To practice with the Okinawa gamelan ensemble, I had to walk a fair ways to the bus stop, bus from Okinawa City to the Omoromachi shopping center in Naha, monorail to Shuri, and then walk again to the Geidai arts university. It took about two hours, but it was worth it.

I recorded the entirety of my last monorail ride with the Olympus. Most of it came out pretty bad, but the beginning and the end and bits of the train’s little jingle came out just good enough:

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One Response to “oki yo!: The Lost Tapes”

  1. Ken March 25, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    I love it! It takes me back to both my Okinawa trips.

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