We had an interview with Orange Pekoe
before they started their performance at Japan Day.
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Here’s a translation of Orange Pekoe’s interview:
Tomoko: I’m Tomoko Nakajima from Orange Pekoe, I come to Japan Day in Central Park NYC.
Kazuma: I’m Kazuma Fujimoto, guitarist.
Megumi: Thank you for having an interview with us. Could you explain about today’s event to the audiences who couldn’t be here?
T: Well, there is “Bon Odori”in the center of NYC! People enjoy nostalgic Japanese culture like “Yo-Yo-“.
K: There is something distinctive in the atmosphere. I actually came here yesterday, and it was just Central Park. But today it feels different. It feels like I’m in Japan, yet it’s still Central Park.
M: I know. The funny thing is some people who are dancing “Bon Odori” are not Japanese.
K: Yeah, that’s so funny!
T: I’m so happy to see everyone enjoying Japanese culture!
M: And there are some cosplayers too.
K: I noticed Japanese animation has a big influence in the U.S.
M: Is there anything surprising for you today?
T: Yes, I’m surprised that so many people are here!
K: I’m surprised about how big Central Park is.
M: This year is the 10th anniversary of Orange Pekoe and is also the first time you are performing in NYC, right?
T: Yes, this is also our first time visiting NYC as well.
M: How do you feel about having your first concert in NYC?
T: When it was settled, I couldn’t believe it. But now I can’t wait to perform.
M: How do you think about the music in NYC?
K: I’ve been a long time listener of music from NYC, so it’s my yearning.
T: I love Stevie Wonder! I went to the Apollo Theater yesterday, and listened to gospel music. Oh, I love John Lennon also! NYC is the root of some of my favorite artists. When I arrived here I noticed NYC was a melting pot. I’m happy to perform in NYC.
M: Do you have any plans for today’s concert?
T: Basically we create our own Japanese songs, in which we will be performing them today. Moreover, I’ve been listening to songs in English and other languages. I believe music rises above language. I would like audiences to feel something through our music today.
K: Yeah, like she said, I love foreign language music, so I hope our music will be favorite music for foreigner.
M: What would you like to tell to fans in Japan?
T: NYC is a very nice place. I like Japan but if you haven’t been here, you should come visit NYC.
K: I have been in NYC for only 3days, but I think people in NYC seem happy and I like this freedom atmosphere.
M: Do you think this experience influences you and your music?
T: Absolutely! I want to create music more freely, and I want to visit NYC again.
K: I’m looking forward to seeing how it will affect my music.
M: Do you have any message to NYC audiences?
T&K: Please open your mind and feel something from our music. Thank you.
We will update the Japan Day concert pictures soon!
Photo: Romi Uchikawa