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Since we're on the subject of wacky shakuhachi characters, does anyone have news about shakuhachi busker Richard Donner? I have not heard from him in years.
Once he came to my place in true hobo style; tree branch over shoulder with hanging knapsack and many layers of clothing. During his visit he mentioned he had many teaching dojos throughout the state of California. (Then quickly deadpanned, "Actually, I just travel to the student's house.") He also had a very battered broomstick style shakuhachi. He was willing to sell it for one million dollars!
After his visit we ate lunch at a Vietnamese Pho noodle house. He picked up the tab, stood up in the crowded restaurant and at the top of his lungs cheerfully barked, "Ok, shall we go to the porn arcade downtown?" What an oddly refreshing guy!