The event “Shirakaba” is named after Japan’s first art magazine, also known as Shirakaba, which was published in the 1910s to 1920s and focused on introducing modern art from Western countries and Japanese folk art. One of the editors of “Shirakaba,” Muneyoshi Yanagi, advocated an ideology for his Japanese folk art activities, which he called “Mingei (民藝).” His goal was to discover the hidden artistic qualities within Japanese folk cultures by combining an understanding of Western countries’ sense of beauty. He believed that this process constituted the essence of “Mingei” activities.
This ideology shares common ground with specific activities within the hip-hop movements of 1990s Japan. Japanese vinyl diggers endeavored to discover rare grooves in Japanese songs, adopting a hip-hop approach.
During the Shirakaba event, DJs will primarily play Japanese rare grooves and rare grooves from all around the world, using the sensibilities developed by delving into Japanese music. It’s a unique event in Tokyo where you can listen to a fusion of dope music from worldwide sources.