Rockabilly Cool: Strangers Dance in Black and White Photos

In December 2019, I went to see the Strangers at Yoyogi Park after a break of nearly two years. They were still the same, very cool. Every Sunday, they pull out all the stops to keep the fifties alive.

When the music started, the action started. The dancers pulled out their combs and slicked back their hair. Then they did their air guitar routines and danced away the afternoon to the tunes of rock and roll’s golden age. Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis would be right at home.

It was a good day, except for the intermittent light rain. Luckily, I got to see another group, Fairlady. It was my first time to see these guys in black leather along with some big pompadours and ducktails. They proved that Tokyo rockabilly is still alive and well.

It is interesting looking at these people. Most of them are middle-aged, with a few of the younger generations thrown in. Every time I go, I see the same faces. But they must be huge fans of the music and the lifestyle. I couldn’t imagine a Sunday afternoon at Yoyogi Park without them.

I’m still waiting to get a good photo of these people. But there is always some distraction in the background. That can’t be helped, as the Park is popular and many people walk through. It’s just a case of repeatedly going until it happens.

If you are ever in Harajuku on the weekend, drop by Yoyogi Park and see the Strangers. They show that cool never goes out of style. Just make sure to pack a comb and some hair cream.

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Strangers Dance in Black and White Photos photo gear:

  • Camera body: Fujifilm X-T2
  • Lenses: Fujifilm XF 55-200 mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

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