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On the very day of event, I was worried about a number of visitors because of the rain from the morning in open-air venue and also I had to write a report on this. This is well know oasis for New Yorker, the middle of Manhattan, Central Park, where I myself occasionally visit for a change of air.

I saw some people waiting in a queue at the entrance and heard some noise from the stage when I got to there. People on the street in the park seemed to take a load on their mind. These atmosphere made us feel very excited.


This title “NY-TOKYO MUSIC FESTIVAL” tells this event that connects cultures in both New York and Tokyo through the music.
Japanese fashion attracts not a few fashionable lads here in NY including today’s guest, NIGO’s brand, BAPE etc.

I can tell you that just like Japanese people are often influenced by New York, and vice versa not only in fashion but also various fields.
There was alive with people around new-released TV game and Skateboard sections. Some picked up beer at fastfood booth and waited for the show.


Rain stopped before the opening and the weather would have done for the concert. DJ booth was set in the middle of the stage, and big screens were both sides that showed motion graphics reacting to each artists.
The spectators were excited as main guest, “TERIYAKIBOYZ” -ILMARI(RIP SLYME), RYO Z(RIP SLYME), VERBAL(m-flo), WISE, NIGO showed up.


Someone covered his face with hood wearing sweatshirt with dinosaur’s head by BAPE appeared on DJ booth. I recognized it was NIGO soon later. Other members also showed up covering their faces by BAPE’s sweatshirt. Needless to say, he led the audience excited by his English MC performance, got them run high.


I had a chance to talk to one of TERIYAKIBOYZ member, VERVAL from m-flo. It was a little surprise to hear that this was his first visit to NY. He looked having good time and replied “The response from our audience were greater than expected” when I asked him.


Artists performances continued. A stage by Pharoahe Monch with dancers had audience feel glow in the dusk. Colorful stage lights illuminates Central Park in the dark.
Another guest performer from Japan, DJ UPPERCUT fascinated people with his simple stage.


Something in Hip hop world, RAKIM came in to the stage as a surprise guest at last. Hailed from Long Island, known as a talented R&B and Hip hop singer. The whole venue was covered with warm atmosphere with his simple solid performance.

The evening flashed by, I really enjoy the festival very much, though, there was thin crowds at the finale.
It is always great to have a day like today when both audience and artists create one event together not only something about Japan and New York.

Date: 22nd September, 2007
Place: Central Park, New York

Text and photos: Yukino Kotake
Translation: Yoshitaka Futakawa

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