• 2017 Rookie winners Chai

    2018 Rookie Recommendations


    2017 Rookie winners Chai

    2017 Rookie winners Chai

    The Rookie Stage is always a mixed bag of acts veering between wishy-washy bedroom pop, punk guitar-throwing, schedule-be-damned antics or energetic kawaii-pop.  For those who play, the Rookie stage has sometimes opened up doors to wider success, and it’s this potential promise that keeps bands applying year on year for the chance to appear at the following year’s festival on a main stage.

    Here’s a brief selection of bands worth checking out, if only because they break the mold of floppy-haired boys playing guitar to their shoes.

    READ MORE

  • Japanese Hip-Hop Four Piece Jabba Da Football Club

    Hip-Hop Hooligans Jabba Da Football Club


    Japanese Hip-Hop Four Piece Jabba Da Football Club

    Japanese Hip-Hop Four Piece Jabba Da Football Club

    In a more hip-hop-heavy lineup at Fujirock than ever, big names like Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone and N.E.R.D are sure to draw more fans of the genre to Naeba than in years past. Not to let overseas rap acts hog all the spotlight, a few Japanese hip-hop acts also have their sights set on expanding the presence of the genre at the festival. One of those acts, Jabba Da Football Club will take to Naeba Shokudo late Saturday to do just that.

    READ MORE

  • fujirockpic

    Camping essentials


    fujirockpic

    Twilight camping in the hills of Naeba

    If you haven’t reserved other accommodations for Fuji Rock this late in the game, I’m going to assume, much like myself and the bulk of the Fuji Rock attendees, you are going to be camping in the rolling mountains of Naeba! READ MORE

  • Fishbone-Club-Asia-DJ-Set

    The story behind Fishbone Soundclash, Basque Rockers and Mestizo Music Mania!


    Every year, Fuji Rock hosts at least one of those crazy Latin bands that play high-energy music makes you dance so hard your legs ache for the rest of the weekend. Their presence is almost always due to the work of Shogo Komiyama, head of the Japonicus, a music promoter who for nearly two decades has been bringing “mestizo” artists –– musicians mixing Latin, Caribbean and international influences –– from the Iberian peninsula, southern Europe and the Americas to Japan. This year, Shogo’s arranging much of the Friday night line-up at the Crystal Palace Tent, will host the Basque Country rockers Esne Beltza on the White Stage, and has set up a bunch of great vinyl DJs for the Blue Galaxy Tent on Saturday night.

    Shogo’s also organizing the only Fuji Rock pre-party, his own Radical Music Network party on Wednesday, July 25 at Club Asia in Shibuya. It goes from 6:30pm to midnight and will feature members of Fishbone as part of an all-star mestizo lineup. (Quick note: anyone with a non-Japanese passport gets a JPY 500 discount on the door admission price. So if you’re getting to Tokyo early, check it out!)

    To get the inside scoop on all the mestizo music action on and around Fuji Rock weekend, we caught up with Shogo for a quick preview of the Latin, ska and other music coming to Fuji Rock this year.

    READ MORE

  • Don't miss CHAI

    CHAI and the Rise of Neo-Kawaii

    • June 29, 2018 ● Bands

    While ‘kawaii’ may remain one of the most recognizable Japanese phrases and cultural cliches inside and outside the country, as an aesthetic concept it doesn’t provide musicians much artistic freedom. Then Nagoya’s CHAI comes in and flips the script.

    READ MORE

  • froggy girl

    What on Earth should I wear to Fuji Rock?


    Now that you’ve got your waterproof shoes and practical camping clothes picked out, it’s time to throw some actual fashion items into your luggage. So make sure to save some room for a frog suit, panda mask, interesting headgear, face paint, or exceptional clothing items that will have the punters lining up to snap selfies with you. Need some inspiration? Here’s a sampling of festival fashion statements from 2017.

    READ MORE

  • JMP_6630

    Fujirockers Bar Taipei – Recap


    bunny

    It was a wild weekend of music and camaraderie as Fujirocker head honcho Koichi Hanufusa led a half-dozen of the J-crew for the short 3 hour flight across the pond to Taipei. The first night was a battle to topple 12-year old bottle of Nikka whisky and a chance to to dig through some records at host restaurant Alleycats. By 11pm, the conversation turned to Benny Goodman and the fifty plus swing dancers who did more prancing than swooning on this hot summer night. When the tents and banners arrived, it was time to tiptoe home, past patrolmen protecting the park, and back to the safe and spacious confines of Taipei Artist Village.
    READ MORE

  • 0000098564

    Naeba Town Facilities


    0000098564

    Mineral-rich outdoor bath at Yukisasa-no-Yu

    While obviously most of the action at Fujirock goes down within the festival gates, or just outside them, there are a few amenities that the usually sleepy Naeba town can offer during your festival experience. Home to a large selection of traditional inns, hotels, and souvineer shops, this little town is worth a stroll down the main drag at the least.

    If you find yourself in need of the following; A quick dip in a hot spring or some basic supplies or snacks which you may have left at home, Naeba town has you covered.

    READ MORE

  • fuji_rock_festi.c1abc141141.original

    7 Fuji Rock Do’s and Don’ts


    fuji_rock_festi.c1abc141141.original

    A Fuji Rock do or don’t? We’ll let you decide!

    How goes it my fellow Fuji Rockers? I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, we’re closing in on one month to go before the yearly extravaganza in Naeba. So, whether this is your first dance or your twentieth,  it’s never a bad idea to be reminded of some of the things that will help you make the most of our beloved, mountainous, musical marathon.

    READ MORE

  • That's no good!

    The Complete Guide To Not Being A Problematic Fuji Rock Participant


    That's no good!

    That’s no good!

    Fuji Rock certainly exists as a welcome bit of escapism in the heart of summer. Everyone wants to get away from the drudgery of the everyday and slip away from work for a little bit, and three days out in Naeba can practically feel like going off the grid. For the most part, everyone just wants to chill and have a good time. But it’s possible to muck it up if you aren’t careful.

    READ MORE

PAGE TOP