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March 09, 2006
Osaka (Part 5) Risk and consequence
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

I mentioned earlier that "Osaka Style" pervades this city. The entreprenuerial air here is refreshing.

Wherever we take risks, though, there are potential consequences.


There is an extra edge to the bustle around Osaka station. This cabby got out of his car and yelled at the trafic blocking his way to let him through.


A support group for a companion dog organization brought their pooches down for demonstrations.


This Geisha was in from Kyoto - not to solicit business for Gion - but to offer business services to paint you up like a Geisha for a fee.


And a TV crew conducted live and lively interviews.


Amidst all this a street band was performing. This one was more well equipped than any of the hundreds I've seen in Japan (mostly around Tokyo train stations). And they were amplified (a generator provided power to a PA, the bass amp, and a guitar amp). These kids were polished, having a good time, and a good crowd had shown up to enjoy their entertainment.


Suddenly, the music stopped and the group began to run away. I looked around to see what happened.


Apparently, these kids pushed it just a little too far for the guys at the local Koban (small police station.)


I just chalked it up to another proof of the Osaka environment - when all the people are risk takers, the police are a little more fascist. Goes with the territory.


I don't know if it was because it was daylight out or because they were just a bit to commercially viable (he didn't bother the guy a hundred yards away with an acoustic guitar, with his case open accepting tips and selling his CD), but this guy was determined to shut them down.


The process of writing up the ticket took a while.


This lady (in front with the strap of her purse outside her coat) walked up and, in typical Osaka fashion, began berating the cop for stopping the kids. He tried to wave her away with his hands and told her to get back, but she just stood there and barked at him the whole time he was there.


The kids took their medicine...


And only seemed chagrined that they had in some way let their fans down.


The policeman left and went to the station to complete the paperwork I guess - and told them not to leave until he came back. The kids stood around with well-wishers and chatted.


This guy came up and vowed to help them. I think he was talking about how was it they could shut these guys down and leave the other street artists alone.

I went up and talked with the bass player (far right in the above picture) and I told him that I had photos of the whole incident. We were able to understand each other enough that he gave me their email address. I sent them the photos later in the afternoon.

This is the first time I've ever witnessed anything like this in Japan and Osaka seemed the appropriate venue for it. I can't imagine in docile Tokyo that people off the street would come up and argue with a policeman or defend the infringement of free speech the way these folks did here.

Here's the group's web site. I hope they'll continue to be successful and that they'll just realize that taking business risk often involves unexpected consequences. Sometimes, it may seem that the consequences are all negative - but sometimes because of it you make new friends and something good will come out of it after all.

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FANTASTIC for those defending the band! GREAT story MC!

Posted by: Shelleigh (aka Pie Shell) at Mar 12, 2006 12:55:14 PM

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