Random Places (not including the usual Jazz joints) I’ve Heard Jazz in Japan

It’s an ever growing list, please send me your experiences and I will add them in. These are just off the top of my head, am sure I will remember more.

Local supermarket in Yoyogi, Tokyo – Grant Green & Sonny Clark

Liquor Store near Takadanobaba station, Tokyo – Thelonious Monk

Dentist’s Office in Yotsuya, Tokyo – Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie (USEN Jazz Vocals station I think)

Fruit Store in Koto Ward, Tokyo – sounded like Bill Evans, very likely as he is a deity in Japan.

Chiropractor (整骨院) in Ooguchi, Yokohama – USEN Soul Jazz station, always so groovy. Changed recently to a Roots Reggae station.

Airport Lounge, Fukuoka – sounded like Dexter Gordon, couldn’t be sure.

Tiny corner store in SeijoGakuen-Mae – Old guy there had on some swinging big band music.

Fresh Fish restaurant in Matsuyama City, Shikoku – swinging hard-bop as the BGM. Sounded like Horace Silver but not sure.

Soba Noodle shop inside Kikuna Station, Yokohama – some Blue Note label style hard bop, not sure who it was.

Numerous Taxis
Numerous Izakaya (Japanese taverns)
Numerous Hotel lobbies

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Mr. OK Jazz is a 18+ year resident of Japan and spends all his free time wandering the Kanto area looking for jazz cafes, bars, clubs and record stores. For two years he hosted the OK Jazz radio show on InterFM Radio, currently the OK Jazz podcast. You can reach him at *protected email*
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