We’re in Japan and i’ve been soaking it all up and slacking entirely on the blog posts – so sorrrry! BUT I hope you know that it’s because The JSF is busy like crazy between performances and other duties (like media thangs), but also I really wanted to make sure my first-time-in-japan bandmates were really getting a good slice of Japanese culture, and since i’ve have experience here, I’ve been taking it upon myself to do so.
BUT i digress. Since too much has happened to give it all to you at once, here’s a post about the beginning and the near end of the tour. Tomorrow we play our most important day of shows, which are also the last in Japan as a trio (I will stay on longer than the fellas and do a few solo gigs to cap it off). The Yokohama Jazz Promenade is a festival i’ve known about for a long time, and was so honoured to find out that we’re playing Minato Mirai Hall (tomorrow), which as a 3,000 seater is the largest indoor performance The JSFew has done to date! The day I went to Yokohama to get our rental “caravan”, I was very shocked to see my picture on a big sign outside the train station (see above!), and we are so darned excited to get on that stage tomorrow. Before that, we’ll do a collaboration in Tokyo at Roppongi Tsutaya with Aun J Orchestra who will be represented by a koto & shakuhachi player.
Our first gig of the tour was at Yokohama Bayjungle, where we headlined a bill of great bands, some of whom were high schoolers – we got invited to play the venue again during our stay, and got treated to a home made meal post-show by the incredible promoter Ayumi. We had a real shock when we arrived before doors to discover that there was a formal introduction type of ceremony making sure every bandmate of every band, all the bar staff and the sound crew knew who each other were, and welcomed one another. North America could really take a page out of this book!
Ok friendlies, thanks for reading and check in again soon for more taless of Asia!