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LIFE IN JAPAN
Tom Holiday

Tom HolidayOccupation:
Singer, Guitarist
Time in Japan:
6 years




Growing up in Poland, I always enjoyed watching Western movies. When I was seven, I got my first harmonica for Christmas and started learning Western movie themes. Back then, music was just a hobby while I studied auto mechanics. I would have probably worked in that field, however, I entered a national talent contest and won. I never expected to do as well as I did, and the next thing I knew, I was 18 years old and signing a contract with a major promotion agency. The song I wrote for that event was called "Locomotive? which became a hit and was chosen as Song of the Year in Poland. That talent contest and the events that followed forever changed my life.

After that, I toured in Poland for four years, recording and performing country and rock and roll music, while doing some radio and television shows. Then, I spent a few months working as a singer on cruise ships touring northern Europe. This led me to Montreal. I enjoyed Canada very much, and decided to stay. During my time there, many things changed in my homeland, so I decided to stay in Canada working as a musician, learning English and experiencing life on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. When I wasn?t perforning, I worked in a factory and as a baker.

It was during this time that I met my future wife, who led me to Japan where my life took another turn. After we arrived here, I worked as a chef in a Japanese club because I felt that my music career had come to an end. But I began going out and seeing the foreign performers around Tokyo.

This inspired me to start singing again. I decided to resume my music career and landed a solo job singing in a Roppongi club. I wasn?t sure if I could make it in the Tokyo music scene singing country and western music, but I had to try. A Polish cowboy in Tokyo? Why not? Now I perform all over town, and I am very satisfied with the way things turned out here. I enjoy life as much as possible, never letting my work consume me. A basic knowledge of English really helped me along in my adventurous, yet not always colorful life. After ten years away from Poland, people ask me: "So Tom, do you dream in Polish or English?" I answer, "In English with Polish subtitles."

Tom spoke with Anne Bouyssounouse.

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