對於一眾超級爵士粉絲，其實大家已經去過無數的國際大小型jazz concert；但像日本人可以把自己的傳統文化與爵士樂來個大型collaboration 音樂節，絕對只有去日本才能欣賞。
No matter large scaled or small scaled jazz concert, I believe avid Jazz fans have visited all of the shows. However Japanese can host a grand music show with the combination of traditional culture and jazz, this kind show you can only visit in Japan.
When “Wa”meets Jazz Festival就是一個首次把最傳統“和”文化與歷久彌新的爵士樂來個比拼，場地已經很有代表性－在“增上寺”。它是日本歷史建築之一，建於1393年，是江戶幕府德川家族的靈廟； 在東京塔後面。
When "Wa"meets Jazz Festival is the first time to show competition between the most traditional "Wa" culture and the timeless jazz. The venue is the signature Zōjō-ji, one of the most historical Buddhist temple, established in 1393, was the Tokugawa's family temple during Edo period.
The music festival only hosts one day, but it will oocupy the whole temple and invite first class Japanese musician as performers. This is also the first fusion performance and a bold trial for the popular jazz musician, for example:
1. 武樂座Koshiro Minamoto 對 Yuki Arimasa
Bugakuza : Koshiro Minamoto & Yuki Arimasa
武樂座是集武士道和舞蹈的表演，Koshiro Minamoto武樂座的原創者。對演的Yuki Arimasa是日本殿堂級jazz pianist, 也是作曲家。他六歲學鋼琴，十歲開始聽爵士而自學起來，在Berkeley 和東京有名的洗足音樂當學院教授。這次表演是首次在日本史上出演，千萬不要錯過。
Bugakuza is the mixed performance between Bushido and dance. Koshiro Minamoto is the inventor of Bugakuza. The competetor, Yuki Arimasa is a prestigious Japanese jazz pianist, as well as composer. He started to learn piano in six years old, listened an self-learnt jazz music In ten years old, who has been an academic professor at Berkeley and Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. This performance is the first time ever performance in Japanese history. It should not be missed!
2. Saori Kanda 舞踴繪畫 對 金子雄太的Hummond Organ對 Jazz vocalist Emily
Saori Kanda(Life Paint) x Hammond Organ by Yuta Kaneko x Jazz Vocalist Emily
Saori童年住在中東，受著中東和日本文化影響，自創了她覺得自身和環境和顏色就是把生命繪出來的媒體… Hummond Organ原本就像只出現在神聖的教堂或老一輩的爵士樂…到底三個人的collaboration是怎樣把東西方的傳統結合，推翻再創新？
Saori lived in Middle East in childhood , and she creates a medium based on the painting that records her encounters and her growth throughout the influences from Middle East and Japanese culture. Hummond Organ is originally appeared at the churches or old Jazz music. How do this three performers combine the tradition between East and West, while overthrowing the old fashion and create new elements?
3. Geila Zilkha 對Doodlebug's Big Band
Geila Zilkha & Doodlebug's Big Band
Geila來自關西，有一半以色列血統的騷靈爵士歌手。她的名字是來自以色列民謠《Havana Gila》，意思是“喜悅”， 她的歌聲除了充滿個性和感情外，非常有壓台感；這次與年輕的學生Doodlebug's Big Band，可能是充滿爆炸性的熱情演出。
Geila is a half Israeli-half Japanese jazz singer that comes from Kansai region. Her name is origin from Isareli Folklore "Havana Gila", which is a meaning of "Joy". Besides having a distinct personality and emotion, her voice is very solid. This time Geila might bring us a powerful performance while competing with the young students Doodlebug's Big Band.
The festival also contains workshops of flower arrangement, calligraphy chirogrphy, tea ceremony and Bonsai. I can't tell you the feeling when you keep on visiting the middle of traditional "Wa" and jazz music. You may come and experience it!