"Tokyo is a mind-boggling, expectation exceeding wonderland. Bustling is and understatement - it’s officially the biggest city in the world. Alongside music, I also do photography and because of its dense population, lights, and quirky-ass stuff around every corner it’s basically a dream to shoot there."
Having always wanted to visit Japan as a kid, musician LUNAKAI fulfilled his childhood dreams in a recent trip to the iridescent streets of Tokyo. Visiting the city to film his latest music video, All In, we chat to him about what he got up to on the rest of the trip. From getting lost in the back alleys of Golden Gai to partying with Hayao Matsumura in his legendary club Trump Room, LUNAKAI shares memories and flicks from trippin down the streets of Tokyo.
What was the reason for the trip?
I’ve wanted to go to Japan pretty much since I found out it existed as a kid, I’ve always been into the art that comes out of Japan, from Akira & all of the studio Ghibli films to the twists on fashion and music and culture in general. Japanese people have an amazing way of taking a few influences from around the world and morphing it into their own unique version which blows my mind. I was pretty lucky on this trip, I went with my friend from London who has modelled in Japan for a few years so he knew what was what in Tokyo including introducing me to Rinaco & Aki - the two legends in my music video.
How would you describe Tokyo to someone who’s never been?
Tokyo is a mind-boggling, expectation exceeding wonderland. Bustling is and understatement - it’s officially the biggest city in the world. Alongside music, I also do photography and because of its dense population, lights, and quirky-ass stuff around every corner it’s basically a dream to shoot there.
What was the best thing you ate / saw / experienced on the trip?
It was pretty relentlessly amazing every single day so its hard to say. I don’t think I ate one bad meal. Even the 7/11 & Family Mart food in Japan bangs. People say Japan is super expensive, but you can get the best ramen you’ve ever had for about £4. I was lucky enough to have a unique experience visiting the city, one of many highlights was a Kenzo party which was in a theme park, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu played in the middle of the roller disco & Sam Spiegel who did the insane track ‘Mutant Brain’ on the Spike Jonze ad which I was already obsessed with did a DJ set.
On the other end of the spectrum, a highlight was going up to see the waterfalls and temples in Nikko in the Tochigi province. Me and my good friend Troy Baird who by sheer coincidence was in Tokyo at the same time (and is also the legend who took some of these shots and lent a hand shooting the music video) ventured up into Nikko. We arrived just as the other tourists were leaving (thanks alcohol) and ended up getting stuck overnight 2 hours outside of Tokyo the day before I had to shoot Rinaco’s scenes, but we ended up on an adventure so ridiculous that it would take me a few pages of writing to do justice.