Monday, September 18, 2006

Harajuku, Part 7: The next Orange Range - NOT!

The next Orange Range (NOT)

Continue off from the sideshow of goth and glam, and you'll see a show of another kind: Rock and Roll.

Every Sunday, about a dozen or so bands set up along the sidewalk that runs in front of Yoyogi park. Most of them are hard rock outfits, though you'll find the occasional poppy/acoustic groups as well.

Most of these groups are aspiring professionals. They've invested huge amounts of money in their equipment, and massive amounts of time into honing their craft.

Some are even lucky enough to get paying gigs in clubs around town. They have friends come along to hand out flyers to get people to come see them play. These shows they do here serve as a type of free publicity. After all, you have to get people to come see you somehow.

But what's most amazing is how the groups seem to have some kind of tacit understanding. Though the bands were all set up within only a few metres of each other, no two adjacant bands were playing at the same time. It's almost as if there's a gentleman's agreement not to try and drown each other out.


At 7:22 p.m., Blogger micki said...

That sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. So when is your band going to set up and play?

At 10:52 a.m., Blogger Sidney said...

I remember this place! You can meet some real strange people there!

At 2:44 a.m., Blogger Robin Freeman said...

I wish we could hear it as well.
Thanks for sharing Japan with us!


At 7:28 p.m., Anonymous navin said...

It is a good shot but the background is quite disturbing but I guess there is nothing you can do about it

At 11:00 a.m., Anonymous Intern said...

You are excellent with street photography ... it was nice to read about the tacit gentleman's agreement!

At 8:41 a.m., Blogger ~Tash~ said...

Just another thing that I will have to experience while Im in Japan, sometime in the near, or distant future. Im told its a brilliant place

At 6:55 p.m., Blogger janzjottings said...

This place looks fun, your pictures make me want to visit.

At 9:42 a.m., Anonymous Darkness said...

These guys are rockin'!

Great shot as always!

At 3:21 p.m., Anonymous オテモヤン said...



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