June 12, 2017

Often played but rarely publicized

Have you ever been to Japan to enjoy a live jazz show?

Never? Are you kidding? What? The information on the gigs is offered in Japanese only? ...

Unfortunately, this is almost always true.


(This photo of Sax N Art Jazz Club in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is courtesy of TripAdvisor.)

Few of the jazz clubs in Japan make announcements in English and other foreign languages about the shows they host.

Japan's population, which was in the vicinity of 127 million in 2016, is expected to decrease to 100 million or less in 2050.

On the other hand, about two million non-Japanese live in Japan and more than 20 million people from overseas visited Japan in 2016.

Moreover, the number of the residents and the visitors is on the rise in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Why don't the clubs in Japan and the musicians who play there follow other sectors such as retailing and tourism which are succeeding in treating them as valued customers to try to attract them to their live shows?

In fact, you can scarcely see music lovers from other countries in the audience there.

Japan's jazz show industry may be the one which performs in foreign languages more often but less actively informs the world of their business than any other markets under the sun.

That will no doubt lead to its decline in the aging society with less children and the falling population.

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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 19:14 on June 12, 2017 JST | miscellaneous thoughts | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

May 20, 2017

Is it rude to ask for music in digital formats?

Some musicians like to release their music in physical formats only, such as CD.

Is it impolite to tell them you want their works in digital formats, including download and streaming?


We believe many music fans who have no inheritors don't like their favorite musicians' CDs thrown away after they die.

The percentage of lifetime-unmarried people* is getting higher and higher in the aging society with fewer children in Japan.

Artists who stick to publicity in physical formats should change their mind and launch their pieces also in digital formats to prevent your discs and art works from going to the trash can held by their deceased fan who doesn't have any relatives to visit her/his grave.

* lifetime-unmarried people = They are defined in Japan as the ones who have never married by the age of fifty. The percentage of the females is 14.06 % with the males at 23.37 % in Japan in 2015.

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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 19:10 on May 20, 2017 JST | miscellaneous thoughts | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

April 08, 2017

Kaoru Azuma (vo), Masako Hamamura (pf), Masaki Kai (bs) at CrossRoad in Osaka on April 21st, 2017

[Gig Info] - Apr 21st in Osaka - voice, piano, bass - Y2000 + Min 1 drink (Y600)

* Venue: CrossRoad in Osaka

* Time: 8 pm on April 21st, 2017

* 3-piece: voice, piano, bass

* Cover: 2000 JPY + Minimum 1 drink (600 JPY), incl. tax

Azuma (vo), Hamamura (pf), Kai (bs)

On April 21st, 2017, Kaoru Azuma (vo), Masako Hamamura (pf) and Masaki Kai (bs) will be playing at CrossRoad near Fuse Station on Kintetsu Osaka Line / Nara Line in Higashi-Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture.

Thoroughly smoke-free at all times.

The curtain on the show will go up at 8:00 pm.

Cover is 2000 JPY at door, minimum one drink (600 JPY).
(The prices include tax.)

The door will open at 7:30 pm.

- Kaoru Azuma (vo)
- Masako Hamamura (pf)
- Masaki Kai (bs)

+ CrossRoad

posted by Jazz Up Japan at 11:35 on April 08, 2017 JST | gig info | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする