Jamaica Festival 2024

Japan admires and is intrigued by Jamaican culture. This fascination has resulted in a small yet energetic community of Jamaican-inspired Japanese people and organizations who enthusiastically engage with and endorse Jamaican culture through music, dance, and festivals.

Reggae music was introduced to Japan in the 1970s and has gained immense popularity. As a result, several reggae bars, clubs, and events are found across the country.

The Mighty Crown sound system, a Japanese reggae sound system, is a prominent example of Jamaican culture’s influence in Japan. Mighty Crown was founded in 1991 and has won numerous international sound clash competitions, earning high respect in the reggae and dancehall communities worldwide.

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Dancehall culture has a devoted following in Japan, with many Japanese dancers and choreographers traveling to Jamaica to learn and participate in dancehall competitions. Japanese dancehall queens who compete in these events are recognized in Japan and Jamaica. 

In fact, Junko Kudo is internationally known in reggae circles as the first foreign “Dancehall Queen.” Junko Kudō – Wikipedia

Japan hosts several Jamaican culture-inspired events, such as the “One Love Jamaica Festival” in Tokyo, attracting thousands of attendees yearly. These festivals celebrate Jamaican music, food, and culture, featuring live performances by Jamaican and Japanese artists.

You can even experience Jamaica’s vibrant culture and hip-hop music on the streets of Nagoya! The JAMAFEST promises a range of exciting activities, such as jerk chicken, dance performances, sound system shows, fashion, and more. The best part? Admission is completely free! 

Despite the geographical and cultural distance, Japan’s affinity for Jamaican culture highlights the global influence of Jamaica.

Jamaica Festival 2024

Edion Hisaya Plaza 3 Chome-65 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0008 (map)
Sunday, April 14, 2024, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

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