Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan is coming to Japan.
For those familiar with the Japanese party scene there is a distinct divide between the ‘Japanese’ parties and ‘international’ parties.
Depending on the promotion and promoters on events the kinds of crowds will different greatly in demographics. While Raekwon is a universal symbol of hip hop who would no doubt be an act of interest for both sides of the fence, the fact that this event is being promoted by mostly ‘Japanese’ promoters means the foreign community has little knowledge of Raekwon’s invitation to perform in Japan.
While it would be nice to believe that music brings people together, attending events where it is rare to truly experience a ‘mixed crowd’ (by mixed I mean Japanese that rarely interact with the foreign community and foreigners that seldom venture outside their own comfort zone of English speakers) proves that ‘race relations’ in Japanese entertainment has a long way to go.