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Progressive Koza debuts Music Town tomorrow

Date Posted: 2007-07-27

It's been three years in the making, and Friday Koza unveils its high tech, multicultural Music Town at Goya Intersection.

Music Town, a ¥7,1 billion undertaking, is the new home to dozens of restaurants, music halls, recording and editing studios, entertainment halls, money exchanges and retail businesses. It’s all under one roof, a nine-story building only a short drive from Kadena Air Base Gate 2. Beaming like proud parents, developers say everything will be open to the public by Saturday, and the public very welcome to drop by and check it all out.

Koza’s been known for being the home to dozens of musicians covering every genre from Okinawan traditional Eisa and Minyo, to rock ‘n roll, folk music and jazz. Now, everyone has pooled resources to create Music Town with a champuru-culture offering everything from lifestyle, culture and foods, to the core element: music. Champuru means “Mix for anything” in Okinawa’s Hogen dialect, and developers promise Music Town delivers. Music Town says it has it all, including American, Okinawan, Irish, African and Reggae music forms.

The Otoichiba project has restaurants and izakayas, including Wendy’s and a Gyudon restaurant, to money exchanges and retails shops on the first and second floors. An 1,100-seat music hall is housed on the third floor, along with recording and editing studios, lesson studios and a break area. It’s all state of the art high technology, with more than 200 lights, ten professional speakers, a smoke machine, mirror ball, projector, and audio mixer. The hall is available for rentals, starting at ¥400,000 a day.

Music and dance studios rent from ¥1,500 per hour, and editing studios go for ¥400 per hour.

Opening week features free events, but tickets are still required. Live music events take plays August 3rd ~ 5th, with advance tickets available at Hukuhara Music, Campus Records or Teruya Music. Parking is available within the Music Town building at ¥100 per hour. When using Music Town facilities, however, the first hour is free.

Music Town is located on Gate 2 Street at Goya Intersection in Okinawa City. More information is available on the Music Town website, http://otoichiba.jp/

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