Sekicho is the name of a former town in Niigata Prefecture
, now swallowed up by the city of Joetsu
. Its name (literally "barrier town
") would have disappeared from discourse
by now, were it not for the existence of a little Shinto shrine
that still bears the old town's name.
In 1999, someone rummaging around the shrine happened across a big taiko drum, which they brought out, cleaned up, and restored to a playable condition. A local man named Seido Kobayashi donated a traditional-styled float to mount the taiko on, and a group of locals wrote a song for the drum called "Sekicho Bayashi" — "The Sekicho Forest." The discovery of the Sekicho taiko seemed to bring back a little hint of traditional Japanese life to this modern Japanese city.
To think I didn't know about the town of Sekicho until about five minutes ago. Much like liveforever, I can't complain about the unintentional meaning of my name. It's a great little story, don't you think?
00100 informs me that this is the 2,000th entry in EJE! I am honored.