Mike Nogami at work
Photographer Mike Nogami with his son Yohei, in Bushwick brooklyn, shooting b-roll for his upcoming documentary film project about a Japanese girl band "The Suzan". Nogami has documented a folk rock band, "Happy End" (はっぴいえんど）, one of the most influential bands in Japanese music history from late 60's to early 70's. Today, we can spot Nogami among young talents the same way as a generation ago.
Visiting Ken Hiratsuka
An weekend visit to sculptor, Ken Hiratsuka's studio in Andes, New York, about 4 hours north of NYC. Accompanied with his fellow sculptors, Daisuke Kiyomiya and Akihiro Ito. Beautiful life style was there.
My second-time sea fishing was painful, yet rewarding by the end.
After experiencing major sea sickness from stormy weather, I was able to catch a handful amount of fish.
Altogether with Shu, a neighbor Astorian hommie, who took me to the trip, we caught over 15 fish.
Special thank to Mr. Savy, a local fisherman who was fishing right next to me.
"Pay attention!" I was constantly reminded by Mr. Savy, a Cambodia-born local fisherman, who is also a green-beret Veteran.
"Pay attention!" The word kept ringing in my ear till the following day.
I could picture him yelling at other soldiers in the middle of battle field about half a century ago.
Anyhow, the hard-work was paid off by the feast from local ocean, accompanied by chilled sake, and fine folks.
Would I go back soon? Uhhh, . . . Maybe.
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