Like Christmas, Electric Daisy Carnival Japan has come and gone, and now we’re all left with a feeling of longing and emptiness. Yes, it was that good and it left us with wanting more than just 2 days.
“Us”, meaning during EDCJP I followed PartyFish Yuri and SaoriMilk to the first EDC JP. By the way, it’s been two years since we met Yuri in our first interview and since then she has been taking more of role within our iHeart community. She partnered up with a close friend Saori to become our beloved unicorns to represent iHeartRaves in the first EDC in Japan. I’m sure you’ve seen them take over the official iHR snapchat. If you did, you must’ve seen very well of how Japan likes to party, especially in big music festivals such as EDC.
As I wrote in my previous article, I had some expectations. In some cases, it was as I expected, but in others, I was completely surprised at how it ended up. As you can see, there were some great things that happened here.
It kind of reminded me of some kind of anime/comic convention with a twist of EDM and insanity.
The atmosphere was a little less crazy than that of EDC LV. Depending on the DJ and the song, the crowd was a little toned down, but oppositely, it turned into something familiar to what I know.
At times, I was like, “yeah, definitely Japan”. In other times, I forgot that I was even in a different country. When Carnage was on, there was a moshpit and the place was packed. It forced me to stop and take a picture of the sheer craziness. At one point I wanted to join, but something inside me stopped me in fear of my life. Looked fun though.
But enough about me. Let’s go focus on our unicorns.
Just so you know, Yuri attended her first EDC last year and was able to make it for the 20th Anniversay. So I asked Yuri on what she thought about it:
“It felt a little similar, but there were more kandi ravers in EDC than in Ultra Music Festival Japan. I was able to meet many of them and I met many people who knew of iHeartRaves. Until EDC, I didn’t realize how much kandi ravers there were in Japan. I was really happy!”
Here’s a group we found who were rocking the iHR brand.
The title Electric Daisy Carnival seems to attract a wide variety of people, but also a kind raver community which still continues kandi tradition.
Although there were many kandi ravers, of course, there were more people who didn’t know about PLUR or how to trade kandi. Yuri, Saori, a few friends, and I, had to teach them the wonders of the rave – While passing out IHR kandi.
As Yuri was being proposed to by a fellow raver from the U.S., now living in Japan, this guy in stilts came along and started to sing songs with his ukulele.
What did you like about EDC JP?
“Although it was only 3 stages, and smaller than EDC LV, the displays, props, and stages were great. The sound was better than other festivals here [not to be mentioned]. And as expected, EDC dancers were so awesome. They made people happy and created the atmosphere for EDC”.
I agreed. The dancers looked they were genuinely having fun, like that guy in stilts, monkey, and clown girls. I also heard about how – The Japanese (especially the guy) attendees loved them as I heard words of “kawaii” as they were passing by. Cheers to you Insomniac dancers! Thanks for being genki AF!
Electric Daisy Carnival and Insomniac has a way of creating a kind of place that people can enjoy. As Yuri said, in addition to the music and stages, displays, art, dancers, and the like, has a strong effect on the overall experience. It’s like a different world, and at moments in EDC JP, I felt that. It made me believe that regardless of country and culture, one can experience the same world or close to similar world that EDC aims to create. And in this world, you can dance like a fool and people will love you for it, and maybe even join you.
What were your final thoughts about EDC Japan?
“It was better than I expected! But..too many pictures. It was the most pictures I’ve taken in my life”.
These past two days, Yuri was a bit busy with taking pictures. However, it shows how much her popularity has grown throughout Japan from our first interview. Her fans quadrupled: 60% foreigner to 40% Japanese.
“I’m happy, but I want even more Japanese people to know more about kandi and PLUR culture,” Yuri said.
Nevertheless, as a rave symbol in Japan, she is definitely becoming that goddess she wishes to become. Promoting the brand and showing the other ravers PLUR, with her partner Saori, at the first ever EDC in Japan was a big step for her.
Lastly, I asked what the most memorable thing was. It wasn’t about the event itself:
“Saori always helped me. I can only speak English a little so if she wasn’t there, I wouldn’t have been a iHeartRaves unicorn. I wanted a partner and Saori was a close friend who also loves EDM and festivals. Saori also has a world wide way of thinking. I like that”.
As I stayed back and watched Yuri and Saori do their unicorn thing, I thought about how well the worked together. I had lunch with Yuri a few days after the event and she talked about how she appreciated Saori.
It was festivals and their love of music that brought them together.
But, I’ll save that for next time. Part two of this article is coming up. Stay tuned.
Some dude born in Hawaii, and now living in Osaka, Japan. Seeking ways to live more profoundly by chasing experiences rather than things. Luckily, I have found myself in a community which allows me to do that.