Leave it to the people of Japan to celebrate music and mountain in a way like no other nation can. Here’s our special report from Fuji Rock Festival 2018!
On 27-29 July 2018, party-people from around the globe celebrated 20 years of music and nature at Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa-cho, Niigata Prefecture. Yes, the Fuji Rock Festival has gained worldwide reputation as the biggest music festival in Japan, and also, the cleanest one!
In accordance to its environmentalist soul, even toilet rolls here were made from recycled paper cups discarded the previous year. Rubbish bags we received at the entrance gate were made from recycled plastic bottles, also from last year’s festival. Electricity was provided from biodiesel and solar power to reduce carbon emissions.
This year’s event seen no less than 125,000 people attending. The crowd is mostly made up of carefree and respectful Japanese festivalgoers, although there is now a stronger international visitor enjoying its selection of best local and international bands and DJs. This year’s lineup includes N.E.R.D, Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex, Post Malone, Chvrches, and many more.
Even though the weather wasn’t perfect due to a typhoon, the responsible party spirit lived up and no one ceased from having the best fun they can. Look forward to next summer’s Fuji Rock Festival!
Text by Olivia Elena Hakim
Photos by Yosua Ronaldo