Jamaican culture, especially Jamaican music is popular in Japan. The yearly One Love Jamaica Festival in Tokyo is a big attraction, reggae parties are well attended and there are even a few Jamaican restaurants in Japan. A few years ago though I remember seeing a video from the Yokohama reggae festival (2006 I think) and I couldn’t believe when I saw what seemed like at least 40,000 Japanese reggae/dancehall music fans packed into a stadium cheering on entertainers from Japan and a few from Jamaica. 2009 will mark the 15th straight year Yokohama Reggae Sai.
Yokohama Reggae Festival is organized by Japan’s Mighty Crown crew who are the most successful non-Jamaican dancehall sound system. I have been hearing about Mighty Crown for years now and hope to do a more detailed blog post about them in the future. The 2009 staging of the Yokohama Reggae Festival will take place at the Yokohama Stadium on September 5 and aims to emphasize why it is Japans biggest reggae show with performers from all over Japan and from Jamaica.
Attending this show in Japan would be a dream come true
150th Anniversary of the Opening of the Port of Yokohama
This year’s show also coincides with another celebration taking place in Yokohama Japan, the 150th anniversary of the 1859 opening of the Port of Yokohama. More info.
Mighty Crown Sneakers
The latest sneaker deal struck between Nike and Mighty Crown involves a remake of Nike’s unique studded Dynasty High sneaker from 1981 which will come with the Mighty Crown logo on the tongue.
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.