Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo’s Harajuku Station. It is the center of Japan’s most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for grown-ups and some historic sights. And it’s home to a monthly bluegrass jam. The jam this month is tonight, the 29th of March, and is to be held at “the mansion.” My Japanese isn’t the best, so don’t take my translation as being completely correct, but it seems the monthly jam is thematic. This month they concentrate on Flatt & Scruggs material, last month it was the Stanley Brothers. Seems like a good idea to me. I wish more jams here in the states would put some emphasis on studying the first generation players like that.
For those that are interested though, go check out the Bluegrass Japan blog and take a look at some of the cool photos Nino has posted over there. You can also visit the Harajuku Jam blog. It features many of the same photos, but also a few different ones.