Friday, 19 June 2020

600 sec by Tasho Ishi - I Always Still Yakuza (director's cut)


   
Tasho will be donating 100% of the sales on bandcamp to National Bail Out (NBO) and today, bandcamp is also donating their full share of sales to NAACP legal defense fund, read more info here.


Text by Tasho,

Summer 2016,
We met up at the west exit of Shinjuku station. We, meaning :  ‘L’  a visiting musician from Italy, ‘C’ an American visual artist, and the local usuals, ‘K’, ‘A’, ’S’ and myself.
Soon after the last person arrived, we walked to Park Hyatt Tokyo, a tall hotel in Shinjuku.

Our destination is the ‘iconic’ bar on the 52nd floor, a bar that people may have seen in the movie, Lost in Translation.
It’s a perfect place to enjoy the Empire-State-Building-like night view, when you don’t have time to go to NYC.

We ordered some cocktails with prestigious names, such as Rossini, named after a master Italian baroque composer who composed the world renown, La gazza ladra, in early 19th century. Or, Doyenné du comice, which means, “The Long Lost Pear.”

L and I can’t drink so we just ordered soft drinks.

Once we all got chit-chaty, I secretly pressed the REC button on my SONY PCM-D50, my excellent handy recorder, and left it running on the side of the table…

Unexpectedly, L started to chant in his Italian accented English,  “I Allways still yakuza I Allways still yakuza I Allways still yakuza...”



Friday, 5 June 2020