Sangenjaya was my next destination in the South Western Quarter of Tokyo where the culture of the area leans away from the businesslike emphasis and the traditional temples and shrines.
Instead we are seeing examples of the art and alternative culture side of this great city.
Not located too far away is Shimokitazawa where I have played many shows during my times in the country. I regard Shimo as to Tokyo what Camden Town or Brick Lane would be to London. A mecca of venues and cafe’s and clothes and music shops. So Sangenjaya still has hints of that itself.
The venue is located on the very top floor of a building concealed behind the main parade of shops. It is owned by a very cool couple who love the bands and are actively musical themselves. This will be my 3rd time playing here and I feel so fortunate to have made friends with such a cool place.
My set is prodominantly new material. Just one song from my 2nd and 3rd albums.
I was really happy with the attendance for this night as many people who had seen me on previous show in Tokyo shows up to support me and hear me again
This is my second time sharing the stage with Genz. They are signed to the label owned by the man who also owns the venue.
On the whole I felt it went. After the show I was only my own trying to get back to my friend Callum’s place in Shimokitazawa. He was nice enough to give me a roof but unfortunatly I was not forward thinking enough to plan in advance. Despite being a reletivly simple trip with only a couple of train changes I nearly didn’t make it to my last train on time.
Eventually I all turned out ok but despite how comfortable I think I’ve become travelling around the City. I can still VERY easily get lost.
But that’s all part of the adventure.