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Last night we made an accidental discovery that turned out to be the highlight so far of our holiday in Japan.

Across the road from our hotel we noticed this little sign advertising Kenny’s Jazz Bar. As both of us like jazz, we made a mental note to check it out. Last night we wandered in and stumbled upon a hidden treasure of Ikebukuro.

The club is tiny and only seats 12 people, and Kenny himself was very friendly and accommodating. We sat down with a rum and coke each and enjoyed the music. Then we noticed that the two guys we chatted to out front were fiddling with some instruments at the front of the space. Lo and behold, these two were setting up for a gig! We had turned up just at the right time – they played a two hour set on piano and trumpet (and even got me to introduce the songs with english titles!). It was so much fun, and a total chance discovery. Something that we will look back on fondly.

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