Recently the NHK News reported the following:
In Yokohama where many jazz bands were born and grew up in the postwar period, the "Yokohama jazz promenade" which announced the performances by nearly 3000 participating musicians at various places, such as a street corner and in a club was declared opened.
The "Yokohama jazz promenade" was an event that had the greatest jazz domestically and was opened every year in Yokohama since 18 years ago in order thal all could enjoy jazz. This year performances were held at 48 venues, such as open areas, halls, jazz clubs; among them, many citizens and tourists gathered in the open space in Minatomirai, Nishi district, Yokohama city where six amateur bands with membership from schoolchildren to members of society showed up. At the hall, famous and familiar musical pieces were performed in turn, and spectators took the rhythm on foot according to the performance, or did the hand clapping, and were enjoying the performances. A woman in her 30s who visited with the company of her family members said "it is a lovely atmosphere that one can hear jazz at the street corners. By looking at someone whose performance is also good, I wish I could play the musical instrument as good". The Yokohama jazz promenade was held till the 9th, and it announced the performances in the two days done by the nearly 3000 musicians. The elementary and junior high school students of Kesennuma city, Miyagi which had been stricken by the East Japan great earthquake would also participate.
This jazz carnival must have attracted a lot of visitors, both from the local communities and from abroad.