All That Japanese Jazz

The Japanese have long been known as imitators. I don’t say this in a mean-spirited way. Everyone imitates…it’s just
that, well, the Japanese seem to do it a little better. And perhaps a bit more.

Take this article in the CSM, for example. It turns
out that jazz is now one of the most popular forms of entertainment in on the island of Okinawa.

There are more jazz clubs there than in most American cities. What’s fascinating, though, is that the popularity of
jazz there is a vestige of the post-WWII occupation. Located between mainland Japan and Taiwan, Okinawa has a history
of Asian and American domination. the island was a was a major World War II battleground where many American and
Japanese lives were lost. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the start of the American occupation, and as the
article points out, the jazz clubs there are an interesting symbol of what has happened to Japan as a whole.