Joshua Solomon 2008 is a graduate student at The University of Chicago’s East Asian Literatures and Civilizations Program. After graduation from Ursinus, Solomon was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study the history of a Japanese instrument called a Tsugaru-jamisen. He describes it as, “a kind of three-stringed Japanese banjo.”On a recent visit to his friend and mentor, Dr. Matthew Mizenko, he performed on his own Tsugaru-jamisen. The song is called “Tsugaru Jonkara Shin-bushi,” which he says is the most popular and widely- performed song in the genre of traditional Japanese Folk Music.
Read more about his personal reflections on life and music in Japan in the fall issue of Ursinus Magazine.