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A Points South essay from the Fall 2018 issue
My suitcase is full of batik and baby cologne. One bar emulates the American South. The cover band plays Journey.
I couldn’t quite figure out why Japanese listeners had come to appreciate and savor the blues in the way that they seemed to—lavishly, devotedly. Blues is still an outlier genre in Japan, but it’s revered, topical, present.