Kamata bar hoppin’.

I had an unexpected free evening last night so decided to stop off in Kamata on the way home. It’s not an area I know very well as I’ve only ever been here a few times. A jazz bar fan down in Yokohama told me to check out Bar Time and Bar Journey on the east side of JR Kamata station, a bit of a nicer area than the gritty west side.

Bar Time is sleek but warm with occasional live music on the 2F. Not a typical ‘jazz bar’ as they just play a mix from their iTunes collection, including some other styles of music as well. They also do an interesting Sunday afternoon event, ‘a tradional jazz kissa’ at a local snack bar by the station, will need to check that out. Not sure why it’s in a snack bar, could be interesting.

Bar Journey is fantastic, master Morita-san is chatty and friendly and plays all the best kind of tunes; Jazz/Rock/Soul/Blues/Reggae. Proper profiles coming soon for both these joints!

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Mr. OK Jazz is a 20+ 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*