buttonAsagiri Jam It's a beautiful day
@ Asagiri Arena (7th to 8th Oct '06)

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Asagiri Jam
     Without revealing the line-up, tickets for this year's Asagiri Jam sold out a couple of hours after they went on sale. This amazing phenomenon and the popularity of Asagiri Jam - It's A Beautiful Day - suggests that the charm of the festival lies in itself rather than anything else. The poor coverage of the festival by the mass media made it far more incredible to witness the rapid sell out. Perhaps it can be attributed to the power of the internet or word of mouth from those who have experienced the festival. How funny it is! With so much technology around us, it is said that we are living in a society full of information, but none of it gives us the real sense of humanity and value of life. And of course, these facts show us how senseless and worthless the existence of mass media is as well.

     On the other hand, it is bloody funny to know that a big, so-called "festival" held by one of the major promoters in Japan with tons of big names and big sponsors got far less people than the pre-opening day of the Fuji Rock Festival (where we never knew who was going to play as well). I guess it proves that a festival is not created by a large sum of cash, the power of sponsors, or massive stars, but by the vibe and attitude of the organizer, all those who work and are involved, as well as the actual people attending. We have to understand that a festival is not just a massive concert or the promotion of a bunch of bands, but a celebration of life which gives us the feeling of freedom and the joy of living. The countless smiling faces filling the site at Asagiri Jam showed us this simple truth.

     In addition to this, the amazingly beautiful weather with very few clouds in the sky helped keep us smiling. The day before the festival started, under the influence of a typhoon, heavy rain and gales hit the site and no one could work to prepare the festival. As soon as the storm was gone, though, everyone involved spent a whole lot of energy and passion preparing the site. We have to give millions of thanks to those who worked to create this two day celebration of life with great music. I guess one of the rewards for those people was getting to spend a couple of days seeing Mt. Fuji smile at us and show multiple faces which can be rarely experienced.

     We, Smashing Mag, are reporting these wonderful days of Asagiri Jam to you all. We did our best to capture the happiness of the people, the land and Mt. Fuji in our photos and words, but still it is far less powerful than those that actually experienced the festival with their body and mind. However, we hope our efforts might open up your memories of the great days and nights and if this happens, we will be more than happy.

comment and photos by hanasan

Asagiri Jam : It's a beautiful day - intro - (JAP / ENG)

7th (sat) & 8th (Sun) Oct

Ron Sexsmith
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Chris Pierce
Cool Wise Men
Zion Train
Brinsley Forde
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buttonUri Nakayama (10th Oct. @ Yoyogi Zher the Zoo)
buttonClammbon, Ron Sezsmith, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Chris Pierce, Cool Wise Men, Zion Train, Brinsley Forde (7th to 8th Oct. @ Asagiri Arena)
buttonMichael Franti & Spearhead (5th Oct. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonFaiz Ali Faiz, Kayhan Kalhor, DuOud with Abdulatif Yagoub, Gnawa Diffusion & Mercan Dede & Secret Tribe (2nd to 4th Oct. @ Tokyu Bunkamura Theater Cocoon)
buttonAsylum Street Spankers with Uri Nakayama (17th Sept. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonFumio Ito and Gen Ueda, Magnolia, Keison, Caravan, Pocaskajan, Eye Don't Nose, Hige, Moon Riders, Ban Ban Bazar, The Blues Power with Monsieur Kamayatu, Kodama & The Dub Station Band, Marcos Suzano, Takashi Numazawa with Haruka Sakota, Leyona, Taiji All Stars, Kemuri (18th to 19th Aug. @ Rising Sun Rock Festival)
buttonSleep Walker (11th Aug. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonSoul Flowwer Mononoke Summit with Kotobuki (15th Jul. @ Tokyo Kinema Club)
buttonSleep Walker (23rd Jun. @ Shibuya Club Asia)
buttonSoul Flower Union (11th Jun. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (9th Jun. @ Shinkiba Studio Coast)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (9th Jun. @ Nagoya Diamond Hall)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (7th Jun. @ Namba Hatch)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (6th Jun. @ Hiroshima Club Quattro)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (5th Jun. @ Fukuoka Drum Logos)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (3rd Jun. @ Zepp Tokyo)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (2nd Jun. @ Yokohama Blitz)
buttonAllen Toussaint (1st Jun. @ Harajuku Blue Jay Way)
buttonMishka (27th May. @ Yokohama Osanbashi Hall)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men (6th May. @ Nagoya Up Set)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men (5th May. @ Esaka Muse Hall)
buttonDown Beat Ruler feat. Bagdad Cafe The Trench Town & The Ska Flames with Rico Rodriguez (3rd May. @ Ebis Garden Hall)
buttonSka Cubano (2nd May. @ Roppongi Hills Arena)
buttonJanet Klein (24th Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonBanda Bassotti (17th Apr. @ Parco Degli Acquedotti, Rome)
buttonBanda Bassotti (8th Apr. @ Zapata, Genova)
buttonBanda Bassotti with Talco (7th Apr. @ C.S.A. Paciana, Bergamo)
buttonBanda Bassotti (4th Apr. @ Piazza Mercato, Marghera)
buttonBanda Bassotti with Brigada Flores Magon (1st Apr. @ Villagio Globale, Rome)

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