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nico, a former Sawagi member who runs three izakayas in Shimokitazawa, finds common ground with live music



Similarities between Izakaya (Japanese-style pub) and live performances

Takano: What do you find attractive about working in a restaurant?

nico: It’s just like a live performance, the reaction of the customers is direct.

Celeina: In that sense, it is similar to a live performance.

nico: I enjoy being able to see the audience’s reaction right in front of me and talking with them. I enjoy that kind of thing.

Celeina: Whatever it’s music or food, you can tell from the customers’ words and expressions.

Takano: I heard that you started jinxing things after you started running the store.

nico: My mother’s family is a liquor store, and they sent us a lot of sake when we opened the restaurant. I offered them to musicians, actors, and comedians for 100 yen per glass, and they all sold well.

Takano: I can’t mention their names, but everyone knows them.

nico: Yes. There are people that everyone knows.

Celeina: Do you still have that 100-yen drink?

nico: It is still there, but probably no one is ordering it.

Takano: We would like to go there too. We would love to hear more, but we would like to go with one song here. nico has chosen a song that we would all like to listen to together on the radio at this time. What song would it be?

nico: It’s a song called “BAD BOY” by Ayato Obara and the franchise owners.

Takano: Why did you choose the song?

nico: He invited me to play at his store, and since then we have had a lot of musicians come to our store, so we play his song at the store. I also chose this song because I wanted to hear it at a summer festival.

Takano: Thank you very much. Let’s listen to it.



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