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Totally Tubular

June 8, 2008

So I had to come all the way to Hawaii to witness my first live J-Pops performance.

Last weekend as part of a beachfront festival the band TUBE took to the stage to pound out a few summertime tunes for the faithful. They were certainly seasoned pros, with a very charismatic frontman and capable instrumentalists, but I felt about as ambivalent as I ever have about J-Pops. The music stirred up visions of wacky Japanese commercials or the opening/closing credits of a TBS tv drama.

Not so for the couple hundred J-touristas who were jammed in front of the small stage, no doubt chou ureshii to witness such an intimate performance as they waved their hands in the rote-memorized patterns and shyly sang along through the choruses.

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