Japan’s Pan Love Festival 2013


The short article “Japan Loves Pan” underlines Japan’s love for reggae, steel pan, and Caribbean culture. Next month, Kentaro Sasaki is sponsoring the second edition of the Pan Love Festival in Tokyo. See full article below:

The Japanese love of reggae has long been documented. Now the growing love of pan there has led to a second Pan Love Festival being planned for Tokyo next month. The Festival is the brainchild of Japanese steelpan lover Kentaro Sasaki. He visited the home of pan, Trinidad and Tobago, in 2005 and performed with Phase II Pan Groove. After that, he started gathering fellow Japanese pan fans and Caribbean aficionados for last year’s inaugural event, Pan Love 2012. “The show was a great success, everything went well, there were good vibrations,” Mr Sasaki said on his website. “Japanese people love pan music.”

Steelpan was first introduced to Japan in the 1960s by a Japanese entertainer who had been living in the US. When Trinidadian steelbands started to visit Japan, interest grew, leading to a healthy spin-off pan industry there. This year’s follow-up event – the second Pan Love Festival – will include Mr Sasaki’s own Zipangu Steel Orchestra [shown above] and eight other steelbands.

For original article, see http://www.caribbeanintelligence.com/content/caribbean-and-diaspora-news-round-16

For more about global pan, see http://www.panonthenet.com/news/2012/jun/panlove-japan-6-26-2012.htm

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