Skyscrapers upon skyscrapers, people upon people, in the streets of Tokyo a culture exists that rarely sees the spotlight, or really the light of day. The Japanese people have always been known for their rich culture, food, traditions, anime, respect, you name it. But trust me, you would have never seen this coming.
In Japan, small sub-culture of people exist that are not only captivated by, but almost revolved around, the Jamaican dancehall culture, and pretty much Jamaican culture itself. And since that bouncy moombahton/trap/dancehall vibe is getting pretty popular this summer, I figured you guys would be interested.
What turned me on to this topic were the few VICE articles written up about dancehall music in Japan and the “b-stylers” (not to be confused with one another, “b-stylers” are concerned with rap/hip-hop and black fashion/appearance rather than the dancehall movement).
-Episode 1 –
From what I have learned, there are two main aspects of this dancehall movement in Japan. There are the men, who mainly deal with the music production, lyricism, and music performance…and the women, who mainly serve the purpose to dance to the beats. In their own words, the women find their part in the culture and dance “empowering,” and especially “impactful.” And you know what, I think so too. Coming into the game as underdogs, Japan has made quite a large impact on the dancehall scene internationally as the first Asian country to win the world class title in Brooklyn. Inspiration that has kept this movement going.
You can find all the episodes on YouTube, courtesy of Bose‘s “Scene Unseen” series. Be curious, explore, and keep dancing.
- Sandrine x