J-WAVE Inspire TOKYO 2022 | Culture

J-WAVE Presents INSPIRE TOKYO ~Best Music and Market~ was held over the long weekend of September 17-19 at Yoyogi National Stadium. For 20 years, J-WAVE has hosted one of downtown Tokyo’s biggest music events, J-WAVE LIVE, this year expanding the event to include a variety of market stalls selling food and drink. unique fashion in Tokyo.

Spectators had several options to choose from depending on their musical tastes when it came to purchasing tickets. Day tickets were available for those planning to bounce between stages as well as stage-specific tickets for those planning to hang out on their favorite stage. Young music fans under the age of 25 also received ¥2,000 cash back, and those who were happy to see the action online could purchase even cheaper tickets.

Set times and stages have been optimized over the weekend so fans can catch as many sets as possible with little to no downtime during changes. Tokyo’s best live music took place across three stages with back-to-back performances featuring established artists such as Awich and Man With a Mission as well as up-and-coming artists from Japan and overseas.


Image credit: Tsukasa Miyoshi

The market stalls introduced this year brought together a wide range of breweries, event organizers, producers and sustainable restaurants from Tokyo and greater Japan. One of this year’s biggest partners was the team behind Tokyo’s biggest sake event, Craft Sake Week, which participated as Craft Sake Weekend, showcasing 30 of Japan’s top sake breweries over three days. with a handpicked selection of curries by local tourism ambassador Yuhi Komiyama available for pairing. Whatever your fancy, an array of food and drink stalls kept people going over the long weekend, offering a variety of craft beers, baked goods, ramen and street food.

Led by Makoto Sakaguchi of J-WAVE’s The Diamond Head ETHICAL WAVE program was Ethical Market which featured 17 eco-conscious brands showcasing their sustainable products ranging from fashion and homewares to tea and cosmetics. With sustainability becoming an increasingly important issue, it was great to hear about some of the Japanese brands that are creating amazing sustainable products.

Inspire Tokyo ticked all the right boxes in its first year of expansion, with a combination of innovative ticket options, a wide range of performers, delicious food and drink options, and a dedicated space to the environment and sustainability making a well balanced downtown festival. With discussions already underway around next year’s event, we can’t wait to see what they come up with in 2023.

Featured image credit: Go! Go! Vanillas from Tsukasa Miyoshi


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