• Pico Masaki

Playing music with snakes in a rainforest

Updated: Mar 17


I was grown up in a country side surrounded by mountains in Japan, and I’d been wanting to move to Tokyo as soon as possible. Tokyo was a very stimulating city for me. (still it is)

I thought Tokyo ~ the high population density city full of unique cultures old and new ~ had everything I needed.

I was in a comical band called “Alien monsters”. Because our music was unique, catchy and funny, we got opportunities to be on TV shows and radio.

(The most memorable TV show was “garimpeiro” (Tokyo MX TV) staring Nozomi Sasaki.)

I loved the life. I was going to spend the rest of my life in Tokyo.

However, now and then I’d been recalling one of my dreams… to play music in overseas.

A huge earthquake in Japan in 2011 made me contemplate on my life deeply, and long story short, I've decided to move to Australia. The place I arrived at was… literally middle of nowhere in a rainforest. The opposite from the concrete jungle Tokyo.

There were many more cows than humans in the village!

Beautiful rainforest!! So lush!!

Trees, birds, wallabies, horses, lizards…

Sometime snakes sneaked into my little cabin when I was recording music. (But probably it was me disturbing their peaceful lives)

I was fortunate to meet great musicians and play keyboard for them, such as Fantuzzi - one of the MCs and the performers at the original Woodstock Music Festival in 1969!!!


The reason why I wanted to live abroad was...it's related to my experience in my childhood.

I was bullied at school.

Because of my dad's job I had to transfer to another school in countryside where people were more conservative than the place I lived in before.

I stood out because I looked different. That's why I was bullied. Classmates picked up on me just because I was slightly different from others - the way I dressed, the way I spoke etc.


When girls bully girls in Japan sometimes they just ignore you completely. They behave as if you didn't exist. That was extremely hard. I almost wished that they would beat me up, because it means that at least they acknowledge me. It is really hard when your existence is denied completely.


That's why I wanted to move to a multi-cultural place where differences and diversity are more respected.

That was a little heavy story, but this is the one of the reasons why I moved to Australia and then to Canada.

Here I'd like to share my original song “Your love is blooming” with the Japanese special cultural concept called “The pathos of things”(In Japanese “Monono Aware”)


As my way of saying THANK YOU for being one of my subscribers I want to give it to you for free – no strings attached.

Download HERE

Or if you prefer, you can stream the track here.


For example when flowers are blooming we all enjoy the beauty. But in Japanese culture they enjoy the flowers even more when they are falling down, as it’s the last moment when the beauty shines. When we realize that nothing will last forever, we try to seize every moment and enjoy every inch of the beauty. And love is the same.

I’d like to hear from you!

Please share anything you felt with my post or my music.

I would appreciate your comment here below, so I can get to know you more.


To those who are connected via email address, be sure to add my address to your contacts/ safe-senders list and keep an eye out for your inbox, I'll send you another gift later💖

And please remember to download another track for FREE. ( See above)

It’s a gift from me as my way to thank you.


Talk soon,

Pico

PS. If you like the track you might also consider checking out From Darkness To The Light. It’s my latest album full of my love for beautiful nature and mother earth.


Also you can watch my performance videos.

I regularly hold facebook live concerts as well.

https://www.facebook.com/picozenmusic






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