This is no place for the weak. With their matching suits and high-energy stage shows, the members of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra have spent the past three decades dispensing a relentlessly upbeat gospel, with barely a pause for breath.

“Everyone is playing like their lives depend on it,” says drummer Kin-ichi Motegi — who, after 20 years of performing with the band popularly known as “Skapara,” is still a comparative rookie. “You sweat like crazy. When we do a headlining show, I’ll lose a couple of kilos.”

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