I went to Japan in April 2008 to film a documentary about Koy. She is a talented musician/performer from New York who has been living and performing in Japan since 1992. This is Koy singing in a rehearsal with her band 4649. The woman playing guitar is Mah. She is a well known musician on the scene in Japan and she is the daughter of well respected famous actors/movie stars. Both her parents won the Japanese equivalent of the Academy Award Oscar. The other person is a former member of the band. I took this photo in an S&M Mistress bar in Tokyo. They used to rehearse there during the day and some times perform there at night.
Koy took me to an amazing off the beaten track underground drinking establishment. They had food too. I took this photo of Koy quickly. I did not want to upset the privacy of some of the unique regulars that go there.
I went with Koy to a coastal town to meet Ryu, a musician that she used to play with. Ryu was born the 22nd direct descendant of a temple founding monk. He was raised and expected to inherit his birthright, a 500-year-old temple in Uozu, but rebelled when he found rock and roll as a young man. As a teen, he was very involved in starting the 80’s Toyama rockabilly scene.
Teaching himself to play guitar, he renounced his temple birthright, ran off to New York City for a few years where he started his tattoo collection. Upon returning to Tokyo, he headed the rock and roll trio Screaming Jets and worked with Koy where she sang his beautiful Japanese lyrics. Shortly after opening his own chic bar/eatery in Roppongi his father died, followed by his mother less than a year later. He made the difficult decision to close down the restaurant and return to the temple. Now with his monk’s robes hiding his tattooed body as make up and band-aids attempt to cover his face and hand tattoos, he goes about his daily Buddhist routines as well as writing expansively regarding Buddhism on a daily basis and playing guitar in the temple in the evenings
These are raw squid, and not babies. They are called 'hotaru ika' and only get that big!They are a specialty of the coastal town of Uozu, Toyama Prefecture. An interesting place with the three mysteries of the mirage, the firefly squid and the buried forest. These little squids are actually the firefly squid. At this time of the spring season they light up and glow in the water. I wish that I saw this! This is one of the main places that the small squid are caught. I went there with Koy to film her friend Ryu. We went there in spring which is the special season to eat them. It is considered a delicacy. I had dinner with Koy and Ryu. He recommended that we order some. Koy refused, but I eagerly said yes. I ate all of these on the plate. They slid right down. Now and again I chewed on some of them and it was crunchy. I asked Koy why it was crunchy. She explained it was the brains. Unfortunately they did not glow on my plate, but the next day I felt like I was glowing.