Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fuji Rock (July 27, 2009)

Fuji Rock: a 3 day music festival in the mountains of Naeba in Niigata Prefecture. Holy crap, words can’t begin to describe how phenomenal those three days were. Eric was happily still in the country. He made some comment to one of my friends “I know I’m still young and haven’t done that much with my life, but this is the greatest thing I have ever done so far!!” Friday we got poured on and Dave’s secret girlfriend saved us by letting us stay at her family’s house hotel. Saturday brought us perfect weather for a full day of rock and roll. Sunday, we were happy to still be alive and enjoyed the last day by dancing our butts off. Among the artists there were: Oasis, Paul Weller, Lily Allen, Patti Smith, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Cage the Elephant, Franz Ferdinand, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Jet, Public Enemy, Easy Star All-Stars, The Aggrolites, Justin Nozuka, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World, Cobra Starship, Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah, and Basement Jaxx!! I was amazed by how well organized the porta-potties were, the zero garbage on the ground, the recycling of everything into products that will be used in next year’s Fuji Rock, the fact that we could leave our belongings on our tarp without it getting stolen, and the beauty of the scenery: big name bands playing on stages with mountains and forests all around. Thanks to Futoshi, Tomo, Jenelle, Marshall, Dave, Yoshie, Sarah, Scottie, Martin, Keiko, and Eric and everyone else there for making Fuji ROCK!!

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