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Fuji Rock bound? Make sure you survive in style

Friday, July 24th, 2015


Raincoats are an essential part of Fuji Rock Festival — but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun.

When Kenji Miyazawa famously wrote that people shouldn’t lose to rain, wind or the summer heat, we’re sure he was talking about outdoor events such as Fuji Rock Festival. So to survive the event’s unpredictable weather, here are a few items that will help you stay dry, cool and happy.

Because Fuji Rock Festival prohibits umbrellas, raincoats are an essential source of protection against potential downpours. Retro Arcade Poncho is an old-school way to avoid the rain by turning wearers into the enemy ghosts from Namco’s Pac-Man — with the raincoat coming in red for Blinky and blue for Inky. Feel free to chase around anyone or anything round and yellow while wearing your ghostly getup.

In a more practical category, rain boots will come in handy for guests who still want to jump and dance regardless of any mud or puddles. With Packable Boots, people can easily bring along these thin, waterproof rubber boots that can be folded to fit in a limited space.

Although not as terrifying as typhoons, heat can also be troublesome for participants who want to make the most of the outdoor festival. Cool Ruck is a small backpack that looks and feels cool. Developed by Yamamoto Custom Made Sewing Factory, this heat-fighting bag can fit up to a 500g-sized ice pack, which will last for approximately three dance-filled hours.

Participants can also beat the heat with fashionable accessories. Ice-cube earrings, necklaces, and bracelets are bound to have a visually cooling effect on rockers. Equally cool are these swimming pool rings that can keep people in a refreshing state of mind.

Regardless of the weather, summer festivals are a chance for music fans to wear the outfits that they simply can’t rock out at the office. For example, glowing apparel such as LED-installed skirts, parkas, sunglasses and glow-in-the-dark lipstick that will help you shine no matter how dark the night is.

For those about to rock in style, we salute you.

Privacy you can dance to

Saturday, August 15th, 2009


Kev of Miniscule of Sound at the Fuji Rock Festival this year.

To live in urban Japan requires a certain tolerance for crowds and an independence from personal space. The same can be said for big music festivals like the Fuji Rock Festival and Summer Sonic. Sure, there’s room to move — maybe even dance — but if you want to see DJs and rock stars up close, then say goodbye to breathing room.

This year both fests offered numerous ways to escape the humanity. Both now have far-flung stages guaranteed to be more sparsely populated — Summer Sonic with the Beach and Riverside Stages, and Fujirock with the Cafe de Paris and Stoned Circle venues — but my favorite oases of privacy (however conceptual) were Summer Sonic’s Silent Disco and Fuji Rock’s Miniscule of Sound.

Silent Disco is set up like a club, except that everyone wears wireless headphones, so there’s no thumping bass upon arrival — just people jumping around, singing along and occasionally grunting. Can you guess what song these people are listening to? What was most interesting to me was that there were two DJs playing simultaneously, so there wasn’t a uniform beat everyone was dancing to. This clip may be the best example.

The Miniscule of Sound is a club, too. The smallest club in the world, in fact. The dance floor is only 2 sq. meters and about the size of a walk-in closet, but it has a doorman, manager cloakroom, smoke machine and dedicated DJ. And in typical club fashion, VIPs get past the velvet rope first, to the chagrin of those waiting in line. That didn’t seem to sway the crowds at Fuji Rock, who waited up to an hour to get in.

The lengths we go to for a moment alone.


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