Just as I thought there really was nowhere in Kumamoto to find black music– hip-hop/reggae/etc, I found VIBE.
I haven’t been farther than the door to pick up a few flyers, so I can’t really attest to the quality of the place. Physically, it doesn’t really look great. But DJ Enuff will play there Saturday night. I’ve thought about it and I’m not going– it’s about US$40. To see DJ Enuff, I dunno. Right about now, they’re having an old school party to include reggae music, not sure why I’m not there. I also live like an hour from the city, where all of this goes on.
They’re having a countdown party new year’s eve, so maybe I’ll ring in 09 there.
When I went to pick up the flyers though, I saw two guys outside just at the door and they immediately said hello to me. A couple reasons that struck me as (good) strange: this is Japan. I’m a foreigner.
Often, they kinda just stare or become extremely uncomfortable when they see you, especially if you’re in the same space. And, in a general sense I don’t feel bad about that at all. I kinda understand it. But these guys were instantly ok. When I went inside I saw two other guys (it wasn’t yet opening time) and immediately, they just started telling me about the parties, no expressions of surprise, no awkwardness.
They understand diversity.