JEDDAH: JAM Project made history with their debut in Saudi Arabia, becoming the first Japanese band to hold a concert in the Kingdom.
The performance was part of special activities and performances held at the Anime Village area at City Walk in Jeddah on Friday.
JAM Project is an anime music genre group famous for singing the themes for many anime series and movies, including “Garbo”, “Cardfight!,” “Cyborg 009”, and the famous “Yu Gi Oh!” as well as “One Piece” and “One Punch Man”.
The group performed a variety of anime theme songs that rang throughout the village. “The Hero!! from One Punch Man, “Crush Gear Fight!! “We Are” from One Piece and “Cha-la Head Cha-la” from Dragon Ball z were among the songs performed.
Waad Al-Harbi, a 24-year-old fan, said she got to know JAM Project through “One Piece,” the highly rated anime. “To attend the JAM Project concert with nothing between us but a fence and listen to my favorite song live is a dream come true,” she said.
“The band was introduced to me via ‘One Punch Man,'” said Feras Bukhari, 28. “The concert was full of energy and good vibes, and I really enjoyed all the performances.”
JAM stands for “Japanese Animation Maker”, and the group was founded on July 19, 2000 by Ichirou Mizuki, a famous Japanese theme song artist. The group is made up of solo singers who come together to perform the theme songs.
After the concert, Mamasmi Okui shared a photo taken with fans on Twitter and wrote a caption thanking “everyone in Saudi Arabia, local staff and Japanese staff, and everyone who supported us from Japan.”
On Saturday, the group went to visit the historic city of Jeddah. Okui, the only woman in the group, wore a navy blue abaya and covered her hair like a Saudi woman. “It was a beautiful cityscape,” she wrote.
The rest of the band and sound director Naoya Yamamoto posted a photo of themselves wearing a thaw on Yamamoto’s Twitter. “Before returning from Saudi Arabia we went to visit the old city, wore a thaw and did a photoshoot with everyone . . . lol,” the tweet read.
JAM Project originally had nine members in the group, including founder Mizuki, but he, Eizo Sakamoto, and Rica Matsumoto left the group years ago. While Ricardo Cruz is a semi-regular member, Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, and Yoshiki Fukuyama are the remaining members.
The City Walk area of the Jeddah Season is open with nine villages to suit all tastes and age groups: The Entry Village, Food Hall, Fashion Village, Splash, Horror Village, Jeddah Live, Adventure, Waterfall and Anime Village.
Organized under the slogan “Our Lovely Days”, the second Jeddah Season follows the success of Riyadh Season, which recorded more than 15 million visits in five months.
The annual Jeddah Season festival aims to showcase the city’s rich heritage and culture through a total of 2,800 activities across nine zones during the event period.
The festival season offers 70 interactive experiences, over 60 recreational activities, seven Arabic and two international plays, marine events, a circus, four international exhibitions and a host of other services for families.