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Jazz in Duketown

I went to the festival Jazz in Duketown in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in May, 2016

As we got to Parade, an open square in the city of ‘S-Hertogenbosch, the concert had already started. The square wasn’t full though, we could get quite close to the stage if we wanted. I fished out two beers from my bag, gave one to my friend, as we walked through the crowd. In the back were stands selling food, bars were placed on each side of the square. Most people had gathered close to the stage, but groups of people were standing further back as well. We found a place a bit from the stage to stand. We could see the stage just fine, the sound was great, and not too many people around.

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New Year’s Day in Japan

I celebrated New Year’s Day in Japan in 2015

The throng of people started already at the Harajuku train station. Everyone on the Yamanote Line was getting off here, long lines of people were forming at the ticket barriers. As we got out of the station, into the large open area in front of Meiji Park, it was not so packed anymore. But a steady stream of people were exiting the station, everyone heading in the same direction.

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The Perks of Travelling

In December 2016 I travelled to Japan, to spend Christmas and New Year’s there. The trip would not have been as good as it became had it not been for my visit to Fuji Rock Festival in July 2015. Because of that trip, my visit to Japan became amazing.

I just made my flight back to Tokyo, the bus to New Chitose Airport in Sapporo had been delayed, as I arrived at the airport I only had minutes before check-in closed. I ran through the airport, made it just in time.

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The long way back to Tokyo

I travelled from Fuji Rock Festival to Tokyo in July, 2015

It was 5 am already when I got back to my tent. I knew the sun would rise at 7.30, turning my tent into a sauna, impossible to sleep in. I made a quick decision. I would go back to Tokyo right now, I could sleep on the train, and if I was lucky check in early at the hotel. If not I would have to find a love hotel or manga cafe to sleep in. I would only get two hours of sleep here anyway, that would not help much. I crossed my fingers, hoping I could check in early at the hotel in Tokyo.

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Dragondola at Fuji Rock Festival

I visited Fuji Rock Festival and rode the Dragondola in July, 2015

Going over the mountains, then down into the valleys, was quite the experience. Not something for people who are scared of heights. The angle it went up and down the mountains was quite steep. You got the most perfect view of the the festival and the mountains of Naeba during the ride.

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Rookie-a-go-go at Fuji Rock Festival

I visited Fuji Rock Festival in July, 2015

Even though the last concert was over, Fuji Rock Festival did not end for the night. There were several stages that kept the party going until the early morning. There was an outdoor cinema showing movies. In the Red Marquee tent the dance music kept playing all night long. And then there was Rookie-a-go-go and its surrounding area.

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Cooling down in the river

The best weekend of my life

I visited Fuji Rock Festival and saw Muse play in July, 2015

“I’m not quite sure, but I think I may have died and gone to heaven”

This was my facebook status late at night on the second day of Fuji Rock Festival. I had just had one of the best days of my life, it really felt like heaven. I fell asleep with a smile on my face that day.

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Trying to hide at Fuji Rock Festival

I visited Fuji Rock Festival in July, 2015

I did not even have time to sit down, I had just found an empty chair, beer in one hand and a hot dog in the other, when I saw them walking towards where I was. Not again, I though. Are they following me? I had been hoping to get away from them here. But of course they were here as well.

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Fuji Rock Festival in Japan

I visited Fuji Rock Festival in Japan in July, 2015

I finally reached the other end of the festival area, it must have taken me half an hour to walk at least, without any long stops. Walking in a crowd slowed me down a bit though, and it was mostly crowded here. Trying to see the whole area took some time, so large and so many different paths. And always so many people.

Festival in Japan

A boardwalk through the forest

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