“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Miss what? Japan’s Tokyo Night Street Lives!
No, this isn’t an "official" thing, but around the time the sun sets, a generous amount of aspiring musicians come out to play on Tokyo’s streets! A majority of them play directly outside a station exit, or nearby. Musicians normally come out to play at more popular areas in Tokyo, like Shibuya or Shinjuku. If you’re a little further out from the main city, listen carefully! Some musicians go out of their way to share their music for those who can’t come to the city too!
Now, with Tokyo being as fast as it is, these guys are grateful for anyone who stops by, either for 1 song, or you know, all of the songs (like me, haha!). They all work hard to share what they love! In the winter I’ve seen some musicians laugh when they can’t play the guitar because it’s too cold, and even ukulele quacking guy (his name is Star Duck Tony, by the way), quacks his best even though he says it’s “too cold for a duck to be outside”.
Read special interviews about how the singers themselves feel about street lives!
A Singer's Voice: Tokyo Street Lives 102