A Tribe Called Best: Fuji Rock Festival


When I found out that Stylesight’s Tokyo correspondent Mariko was covering the three-day Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Japan for Stylesight’s new Streets and Events category, I was understandably jealous. Then I saw the lineup and my jealousy became as big as Mt. Fuji itself: Justice, Peter Bjorn & John, The Shins, Yo La Tengo, Electrelane, Feist, Blonde Redhead, Deerhoof and not one but THREE performances by Jonathan Richman! C’mon! Then I saw the pictures and now my jealousy is just out of control. From the looks of it, the festival was superior to anything the U.S. or U.K has to offer, with a laid-back hippie feel, a ridiculous amount of performers and an idyllic setting nestled in the mountains (one stage was only accessible by cable car!).


Most people can’t pull off a turban. These are not those people.


Super-saturated color and prints galore, a perfect pairing.


Bell-bottoms and double peace signs. These guys mean it.


This is the first time I’ve ever seen Tevas look (dare I say it?) cute.


The best accessory is a genuine smile, but that crocheted water bottle holder ain’t half bad either.


This guy is obviously unafraid of criticism, so I feel OK saying that he looks like a weird/sexy gnome of sorts.


Parents who take their children to three-day rock festivals should be given medals.


Can I just live here? Perfect.

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  • argh!!! i’m totally gutted (how many times have i said this) to be so far away from japan. i’ve been to the fuji rock fest and summer rock fests and they are amazing. music, rock, hippies and sweat. perfect. heh heh!

  • alexander léger

    he does kinda look like a gnome, i don’t know about sexy though…

  • catherine

    seriously – i didn’t know lineups that good happened anywhere in the world. despite the bonnaroo appearances, it looks incredible. i’m a wee bit jealous of mariko.

  • Wow! Supercool pictures – looks a lot like emmaboda festival – like a fairy tale!

  • Mellie

    um, wow. WOW! and i vote sexy on the gnome.

  • wow, totally awesome photos! I love the…hippiness, of them.

  • I think these picture are cool ! I would love to have been there, there is so much going on over in other countries. People have so many diffrent styles that can be translated into many form of design.

  • i love the japanese. their style is so awesome…i swear they are the reason street style blogs exist. my sister used to live in japan 12 yrs ago…and when she would come home, she would bring such amazing magazines. we were entranced by the street style!