In this episode of The Melanated Files (MFiles) we introduce Fuu Miyatani French, a Zen Buddhist Priest living in Osaka, Japan. In addition to being the only registered Black Komuso in Japan, French is also an active musician, sailing instructor and kung fu teacher. It’s worthy of note that this list is not exhaustive. French currently lives in Japan with his wife and has a very fascinating story. Today, we share that story with you.
You can find French on Instagram here: @zenkaze
You can also check out his website and blog here: www.osakabayshaolin.com and zensekaijapan.wordpress.com/
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4:00 What got you interested in the Asian culture?
12:05 How did you get into sailing?
23:05 How did you become interested in Shakuhachi and becoming a Kumoso?
32:48 How do you become a registered Kumoso?
39:00 How did you get into Kyudo?
49:09 What has your black experience been like in Japan?
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