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Greenroom Festival. 2012 / 24 May 2012

Yokohama's Greenroom Festival of music, art and film (www.greenroom.jp/ ) was this year held in the historical Red Brick Warehouse, close to the futuristic Odaibashi ferry terminal:

"Never has architecture been so clearly at the forefront of the festival experience as it is at Yokohama's Greenroom Festival, the annual jazz, ska, lounge and surf-rock celebration that takes place at the Odaibashi International Ferry Terminal at Yokohama port"

(www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/jun/09/turning-Japanese-architecture-pop)

Under blue sky, sunny but not yet too hot, this was the perfect weekend for an open air festival. Approaching the festival area we passed families sitting in clover - green spaces where patches of clover grow unchecked, and the festival atmosphere could be appreciated for free.

In fact a lot of the music could be heard, and seen, without entering paid space. Arts and craft stalls were in freespace too, and apart from the crush of people, everything except the tree-house seemed very accessible.

I saw no trace of other wheelborne festival goers, and felt sure my presence in the crush must have inconvenienced quite a few people, but they were never, publicly, other than friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was great.

The music sounded rather more international than when the Guardian reported on the Festival in 2009, but I did find some of the Japanese rock musically  difficult to access.

Early evening we headed out to Chinatown to find food some time after the easy to listen to Tokyo Number 1 Soul Set had finished playing.

 

 

Stumbled upon,

coincidentally

strangely

in keeping with

the accidental

theme of this year's

Japanese blog,

the Green

Room festival

feels like fate

joining my

search for

Utopian

spaces.

 

 

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