Introducing Kobe Jazz Review

It has come to my attention, after a year or so of hanging around Kobe’s jazz clubs on the weekend, that I hardly ever see other foreigners who aren’t performing. This is a disappointment. I’ve mentioned my jazz excursions to other ALTs, and they’ve complained that there’s a dearth of information on Kobe’s jazz clubs in English, which is true. With that in mind, I’m starting a new series of articles here at HT, spotlighting jazz clubs and events. I’ll also answer any questions you may have about visiting Kobe to see a live show.

This information comes with a warning that the bar owners requested me to share. Please, please, please do not go to jazz bars to get drunk, especially if you’re the kind of drunk who makes an ass of himself when under the influence. It’s not worth it, and it damages the experience for the people who go to enjoy the music. Moreover, it damages our status as foreigners. All that “grassroots internationalization” stuff they touted at Tokyo Orientation still applies. Enjoy jazz responsibly.


Travis Love, Food / Jazz correspondent

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