Japan is often described as a country with a conservative and industrious society, a place where people dutifully grind out long hours in the service of their employer. Certainly there is a lot of truth to this description. But such an existence is not for every Japanese person. Japan is still home to incredible authors, painters, dancers, and musicians.
While in Japan I saw a number of young musicians performing in public places. Sidewalk areas just outside of Tokyo’s busy train stations were particularly popular spots for musicians to perform and promote their music. For these musicians, making music wasn’t a part-time pursuit.
All of the musicians I met had made one or more albums and sold their CDs at performances. These musicians took full advantage of the web as a marketing tool, maintaining commercial websites and utilizing social media platforms. In service of their passion and dream, these musicians worked at their craft as hard as any Japanese businessman.
This video highlights some of the musicians I saw in Japan. Most of the performances took place outside of Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station in the world.