Zojo-ji Temple vs DJ Krush

I try to write something at least once a week, but this week I don’t really have anything. Instead, I’m writing about a video I got today from YouTube.

I subscribe to a YouTube channel called Vice Japan. They have some pretty interesting content . The video above was uploaded yesterday, and is of DJ Krush at Zojo-ji Temple (増上寺) performing Sonic Temple. Actually, I have no idea who this guy is, but I thought the video was very interesting. It’s an example of the melding of technology and contemporary culture with tradition and history, a striking characteristic of modern Japanese society.

Zojo-ji is a famous temple near Tokyo Tower. It was built in 1393, and then moved to its current location (Minato, Tokyo) in the 16th century. Pictures of the temple often have Tokyo Tower juxtaposed in the back, the image of which is another example of “old meets new”.

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From http://www.japan-guide.com

The song itself also uses contrasting elements, combining music from traditional instruments and modern electronic music. It’s an awesome, well-thought out music video. Best viewed with a decent pair of headphones.

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