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Playing music with snakes in a rainforest

Updated: Jul 30, 2021


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 where I lived before.

I stood out because I looked different. That's why I was bullied. My 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.


I hope you'll enjoy the music video "Aquila"⬇︎, one of the song I made in the rain forest :-)


I produced many songs there.... If you have a moment, I'd like to invite you to play some of them HERE 🤗🙏


Talk soon, Pico








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Paul Hopkins
Paul Hopkins
Feb 27, 2021

Love your music

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Pico Masaki
Pico Masaki
Mar 18, 2021
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Hi Paul, thank you so much for your comment. Very encouraging. Much appreciated 😀🙏🌸

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reelmedia tapes
reelmedia tapes
Feb 24, 2021

cool story! love the photographs, and was interesting to hear about your band and meeting woodstock originals and all!

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Pico Masaki
Pico Masaki
Mar 18, 2021
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Hi Rus, Thank you so much for your comment, and for taking your precious time to read my post. I appreciate you 😀🙏❤️

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Rick Russell
Rick Russell
Feb 24, 2021

So glad I stumbled across your music by accident. Such a beautiful voice that goes so well with your music. You look perfectly at home in natural surroundings, I find it hard to imagine you in a giant city. You have chosen the right path and I feel that you will thrive and attain all you wish. Respect and Love.

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Pico Masaki
Pico Masaki
Mar 18, 2021
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Hi Rick, thank you so much for your sweet words. They mean a lot to me. May all your dreams and goals come true also. Enjoy the rest of your day 😀🙏

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Pico Masaki
Pico Masaki
Feb 20, 2021

Hi Michael

Thank you so much for your reply. You are so creative and inspiring. I checked out your Facebook page and website. Bravo👏 you have all my support!!! I’ll share your page on my personal Facebook account https://www.facebook.com/picomasaki 🙏☺️❄️

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bogeystar
Feb 19, 2021

Pico,

>Wow you are an expert with the sword and knives! Very spiritual and beautiful... I'm sure ?>practicing martial arts is like a meditation...


Yes, there is a great deal of meditation when one follows the pure art.


>I understand :) I regularly do Facebook live concerts where I play the traditional instrument.

In Vancouver we are having semi-lockdown for a long time meaning that “Live music events” are banned (heartbreaking), so facebook live concerts have been the ONLY place where I can connect with people and express my love and passion for music and life.

I’d like to invite you to my Birthday Facebook LIVE ”Alive” on Sat Feb 27 at 3PM LA time.

Event Page ➡︎ https://fb.me/e/48iY8XWd4 ⇧THAN…


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