Don’t Speak It But Love To Play It

The excellent english jazz song being played in the Tully’s coffee shop we are sitting in causes us to tap our feet and fingers in time with the beat.  The Sapporo Jazz festival is held annually over the summer months and shops all over Hokkaido are playing great jazz numbers.

Interestingly, the majority of the jazz being played is performed by english speaking artists from around the world.  And what’s unusual about this?  Well it is a big play on the senses.  Most of the Japanese workers in the restaurants, coffee shops and department stores don’t speak a word of english yet the majority of the music (jazz or popular) being played is performed by english artists.  Either the Japanese have great taste in english styles or someone is making a lot of money out of setting up their music programs for them.

We haven’t seen any live jazz during this visit to Hokkaido however it is something we will put on our travel agenda for a future trip to Japan. The line up of artists at the Sapporo Jazz (Ezo Groove) festival is excellent and a weekend visit from Hong Kong would be worth the effort.

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