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LIFE IN JAPAN
Izaba

IzabaOccupation:
A little bit of this and that and a lot of whatever as a consultant for Caribbean and African music, television personality, model, writer and dub poet and booking musicians for clubs.
Time in Japan:
12 years


I wish I had a typical day to talk about but every day in Tokyo seems to be like no other and I never know what strange things will happen along to guide my day. I' lived in Japan for a third of my life now and I still haven't figured out what I'm supposed to be doing here other than what I end up doing, if you know what I mean.

I work into the early morning with music and writing or whatever, so I often go to bed when many folk are getting up, so most of my day happens at night. I like to get up between 10 and 11. I try not to have any appointments in the morning as this is my private time when I come to terms with myself.

I meditate and think about my life, how I'm living and who I am. I need this time to be concerned not only with myself, because as soon as I step outdoors for appointments or meetings my life is taken over by other people.

Of course, being a Rastaman with dreadlocks is bound to attract attention in Japan, but over the years I've learned to live with all the stares I get in the trains and on the streets. Even other foreigners find me a little exotic. I do a regular little TV slot on Tuesday nights just before a top-rated program comes on, so recently my face is becoming more known around town and often people come over to me in public and ask if I'm Izaba.

Right now, I'm going in a new music direction as a dub poet. Dub poetry is pretty big in England now, but I'm doing it in the East, hoping to spread my ideas globally. I think the time is over for national ideas and my work tries to put a lot of things into a global context. My way of life as a Rastaman also revolves around eating natural foods and avoiding meat.

I usually buy my vegetables from an old lady with a pushcart who brings stuff in from the country. I like listening to the sounds of the vendors selling things like bamboo poles or hot potatoes. I hope one day to incorporate these street cries into some of my music.

Before, I used to be out most nights at the music clubs and parties. But now I rarely drink and I only go out for music if there's a special live event. If I'm not recording music late at night, I'd rather be snug in my pad, doing my thing, like reading or thinking. I live about three days a week deep in the Chiba countryside by the coast. That's where I really come alive, surrounded by nature after being buried in Tokyo concrete. I love the sound of the birds and the wind and somehow it feels like the real Japan. I guess Tokyo and Japan are two different places, but as an artist I need both to balance myself.

One love!

Izaba spoke to Mike Jacobs

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LIFE IN JAPAN:
149: Izaba
A little of this and that
148: Kazuo Taira (Kaz)
Hairdresser
147: Philippe Brochen
Movie Distribution
146: Ben Watson
Ben's Cafe
144: Tokoto Mitomi
CyberJapan
143: Ngo My Tong
Restaurant Owner
142: Lisle Wilkerson
DJ
140: Caudette Bouchard
Healing Counselor
139: Corrie MacDonald
Lingerie
138: Mami Torii
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