Fuji Rock offers escape again

Japan Times contributor Patrick St. Michel and culture editor Alyssa Smith traveled to Naeba Ski Resort in the mountains of Niigata Prefecture last weekend for the 2022 edition of the Fuji Rock Festival. Here are their experiences of one of Japan’s premier summer music festivals.

It didn’t take long for day one of Fuji Rock 2022 to stumble upon this year’s center tension. After attendees underwent temperature checks, installed tracking apps and listened to a lecture on rules intended to limit the potential spread of COVID-19, Mongolian metal band The Hu delivered a first highlight via their mix shredding, traditional instrumentation and throat singing.

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