For the first time in my 10 years of attending the Jozenji Street Jazz Festival,
I can actually call it a Jazz Festival in more than just name. In the past (2006-Sat, 2006-Sun, 2007-Sat, 2007-Sun, 2008, 2009-Flea Market only), I have noted that the Jazz Fest is remarkably Jazz-free and features all other possible genres except Jazz. This year was a welcome change and I heard more Jazz today than I have in all the past years combined!
Granted you have to stretch the definition of Jazz a tad to include Funk as with the first band I saw, FREEFUNK, who provided a great way to start the day! They even played a tune that featured the Funky Chicken and got the audience clucking along with them!
We heard the TECHNOPOLIS JAZZ TRIO play ジャズコンボ (Jazz Combo) in メディアテーク (Mediatech) and then we listened to an old man sing an older standard. He was very good and his groups name was Adlibitum (the original Latin from which we get Ad Lib!)
Our tummies were rumbling so we head over to Nishi Park to indulge in the ワールドキッチン (World Kitchen) where we had some nice Thai Chicken and wandered through the Flea Market. Due to budgetary limitations, I didn't buy as much as last year (see above) but I did find a couple of choice items. Chucky for only 50￥ and a Godzilla bag for only 100￥! I love the statement, "GODZILLA IN NEW YORK. Hi! My name is Godzilla™. Playing in New York City gave me an appetite. That's why I'm at Mister Donut. Watch out!"
A quick shot of an all-girl a capello Gospel band, a brief hop on a train and another ジャズコンボ with ギガトーンズ (Giga-tones) found us back in Mediatech for a pee-break and a view of MHKM quartet. Btw, can anyone identify this flower for us? Locals thought it was Lavender and then rescinded their identification.