Why do most concerts held in Japan prohibit taking pictures?

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For anyone who enjoys live music, part of the fun is taking photos of the band or recording video to relive the experience at home or show off on Facebook. It’s a tradition that strengthens the connection between bands and their fans long after a concert is over. Especially in this digital age, many bands depend on the power of social media to connect with new audiences they could never reach before.

If you’ve ever attended a concert in Japan, you know this is not the case. You will almost always see “No photos” and “No video” signs posted all over concert venues. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching a foreign artist or a local one, you are not allowed to take pictures, and a host of security personal will remind you of the fact.

Find out why this is the case, and which big musical act might be turning the tide, after the jump.

Paul McCartney; One Direction; Taylor Swift; these are only some of the artists who have played or are scheduled to play big shows in Japan in 2015. The Asian market is huge, and the top musicians aren’t skipping out on Japan when they go on tour. Die-hard Japanese fans have noticed that footage and photos of concerts held outside of Japan are constantly being uploaded on Facebook and Twitter, even though fans in the Land of the Rising Sun have to settle for expensive DVDs to relive their concert experience at home.

Oddly, copyright infringement isn’t always the culprit here. If the video and audio recordings are only being reproduced for personal use, then the recording isn’t breaking any laws. The concerns generally lie elsewhere. In order to avoid chaos at a concert site, sponsors and venue executives can establish specific regulations.

And then avoid this…

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Even without using big, professional photographic equipment, fans holding handheld cameras or phones above their heads will block the field of vision of concert goers behind them. Plus, if there is a rush of people wanting to take pictures of the musicians, it can get very dangerous. For the concert sponsors and organizers, there is a responsibility to provide a safe environment for the fans.

But with more and more foreign artists playing shows in Japan, organizers are starting to take notice of what the fans want. There is a slow but steady movement of Japanese artists who are experimenting with allowing pictures and video to be taken at their concerts.

Japanese rock band Sekai no Owari is nonchalantly leading this charge as they allow their fans to take photos and recordings of their concerts.

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It seems to be just a politeness factor in Japan, but with the growing number of smartphones and the advent of social media, this system might certainly change. In the future, you might be able to record a concert in Japan for your own viewing at a later date, and you can thank the music group with the clown in it. Be sure to remember to remember that.


Ahn Trio to perform at the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture (PA)


For all of our readers in Pennsylvania, go check out Team-Yellow friends The Ahn Trio for their concert this week at the Mercyhurst Institue for Arts and Culture!

Ahn Trio

Walker Recital Hall

Thursday, April 03, 2014 – 7:30 pm



“With their multicultural assortment of composers and a huge talent, these women have a modernist, fusion sensibility that is perfect for our age.” -The Seattle Times

Witness the three internationally celebrated sisters (Lucia on piano, Angella on the violin and Maria on the cello) fearlessly merge classics with contemporaries for an evening of dynamic music. Pushing boundaries and blurring lines, the Ahn Trio makes the case that this is the new classical music for this century.

The members of the Ahn Trio thrive on dissolving the barriers between art forms and have fused their work with that of dancers, pop singers, DJ’s, painters, installation artists, photographers and even kite makers. Recently, they performed in the Czech Republic with rock group the Tata Bojs to sold-out shows. It’s this unique blend of styles that makes the critically acclaimed Ahn Trio one of the most anticipated artists of the season.

Join us in the lobby of the Walker Recital Hall before the performance for a taste of Spring.

With Summer just around the corner we’ll be hosting our Ahn Trio Community partner, Frankie & May Fresh Grocer, for a sampling of delicious food. To shine light on the bounty of organic foods at your fingertips in the Erie region, Frankie & May will bring samples from their cafe and other local growers.

The 13-14 Season is sponsored by Cumulus Media


Ticket Prices:
Adult – $27.00
Senior – $24.00
Youth/Student – $18.00

Please visit the box office to see a seating chart.


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Ahn Trio to perform at the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture (PA)