As someone who has never really watched music video television it’s not exactly easy to know about what has been filmed here in Tokyo and it was, by pure chance, that I came to know that this recent single (released September 23) was made in Japan’s capital.
Whilst I don’t listen to too much drum & bass I do love this tune by DJ Fresh (and lets not forget RaVaughn who features on the record as the main vocalist!) and it basically does exactly what it says on the tin in that it give you such a good feeling. The music video theme seems to be all about youth and fulfilment and the feeling of ecstasy whilst these young people ride around the streets of Tokyo on relatively futuristic mopeds.
This song will always remind me of the last few weeks of ‘The Chris Moyles Show‘ which came to an end in September after nearly nine years on the air at breakfast time. It was on the ever-important BBC Radio One playlist and really did fit in with the vibe of those final few shows as the show went out on a high.
As is the case with music videos its a load of scenes edited together. The areas that I instantly recognised were in Ueno, Shinjuku, Shibuya and Odaiba. The first one to appear is on 1.09 and is the Tonya buy & sell store on Ameyoko Arcade (Ameya Yokocho to give it its full name) which is the shopping alley running parallel to the JR Yamanote Line tracks in Ueno.
On 1.32 Takeshita Dori Street (below) in Harajuku is briefly seen but wasn’t instantly recognisable as the majority of people who go to this ever-packed famous shopping street take their photos from the top of the street looking down.
As with all the shots, they are very brief and Ueno features a couple of times (below) on 1.48 and 1.55 with the Sunkus convenience store on Ueno Naka-dori and Ueno station itself appearing.
Yasukuni Dori often features when international productions come to Tokyo to make a film or music video. The two shots shown (below) at 3.06 and 3.16 are almost identical to those used in Steven Seagal’s 2005 classic ‘Into The Sun‘ and the lower one shows the Don Quijote (ドン・キホーテ) store on the corner at 1-16-5 Kabuki-cho which could be seen in ‘Kill Bill‘ (2004) and The Killers ‘Read My Mind‘ video.
The finale sees Rainbow Bridge appear (below) on 3.19 whereby the youths drive their motorcycle’s over the bridge which crosses Tokyo Bay connecting it to the man-made island of Odaiba.