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A rockn good time coming to Chatan

Date Posted: 2008-12-05

The 50’s and 60’s…Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry. A time with a lot of dreams and even more music.

Reliving those days when young guys talked about their dreams is something that fills Takashi Kamisawatsu’s head, and he’s doing something to turn dreams to realities. He’s bringing the original rock n’ roll back, and sharing it with Okinawa.

It will all be happening under the Chatan Ferris Wheel every Tuesday night, at a club called Salt & Pepper. Beginning in January, the club will present ‘Ryukyu Graffiti’, the best of the best music of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and even a touch of the 80’s, performed by Okinawa’s top rock n’ roll bands, deejays and performers.

A professional singer himself, Kamisawatsu transplanted himself from mainland Japan to Okinawa last year, opening a Rockabilly shop in Ginowan City’s Oyama district. “I want to tell this young generation, especially Okinawan youngsters, that we had a glorious history of rock n’ roll even in Japan,” he says, “and we bring a revival of that music, because Okianawa is the nearest atmosphere to America, where one can feel like they’re in good time America.”

Salt & Pepper, located on the second floor of the building adjacent to the ferris wheel, is holding pre-Grand Opening events December 9th and 16th so Okinawa gets a feel of the old-time rock n’ roll. “In the 70’s and 80’s in Japan,” Kamisawatsu says, “there was a big rockabilly and rock n’ roll boom, with youngsters having great dreams, power, vitality and good relationships with American rock n’ roll. With this generation, I feel no soulful music, and see hopeless youngsters without good relationships with friends and families, and want to help change it.”

The Tuesday evening Ryukyu Graffiti at Salt & Pepper is open to the public, with no cover charges. Drinks are available at ¥500 each. There is plenty of parking in the large lot beneath the building. Salt & Pepper’s bar is open every day, and invites tourists, foreigners and all Okinawans to drop by.

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