There are many seniors that I respect and respect, but one of them with whom I got to get along quite well is Mr. Nakazawa, a former SHIPS press member.
He was a bit unusually caring.
If you were to create a ranking of people who take good care of their juniors, Mr. Nakazawa is so special that he would be in the Hall of Fame right from the beginning! That's about it.
In terms of work, I started directing the SHIPS catalog in the 1990s, and Mr. Nakazawa was in charge of that, so we interacted in every situation, from concept development to casting, filming locations, and staffing. .
However, he was a very understanding client who agreed to even an adventurous project without meddling in the details.
As select shops became mainstream in the world's fashion scene, overall sales rose, and advertising budgets also became plentiful.
I did some TV commercials for UA.
Initially, SHIPS filmed in studios and on location in Japan, but in the 2000s, the number of overseas locations increased.
Not only catalogs, but also magazines, and I often went overseas.
Nakazawa-san and I went to Italy to shoot Begin. From Florence, we visited several factories and ended up in Naples. I have a strangely vivid memory of eating extra-thick pasta called pici at a stop in Vicenza on the way.
(Begin's Italian location. Maybe he ate pichi at that time?)
In the catalog, we went to various places together, including Hawaii, New York, and Miami.
In Hawaii, I tried to force Takashi Kumagai, who was participating as a photographer, to go surfing, but Takashi suddenly cut off his dreads because he was serious about it, and in Miami, Nakazawa-san and I went to a historic restaurant wearing shorts and were refused entry. ...The memories are endless.
Of course, I enjoyed the Tokyo night to my heart's content.
Until then, I had only been playing in Nishiazabu and Aoyama, but Mr. Nakazawa, a true Edo native, taught me how to play in Ginza and Asakusa.
Also, how to use the hotel bar. Sometimes we meet at the Imperial Bar at the Imperial Hotel, and I get along well with the boy, so he shows me to the best seats.
But they told me, ``If you just want to have a quick drink, it's not that expensive.''
In reality, he was treating me well, so maybe he was trying to avoid making me pay attention to him, but when I look back on it now, it shows how caring he is. and.
(Probably around 2013. UA Yoshiwara-san, Nakazawa-san, myself and the usual members.)
I thought about how I could give back in my own way, and decided to serve as the organizer of his 50th birthday party.
It was a party with good vibes.
Also a memorial service. Unfortunately, Mr. Nakazawa passed away on March 3, 2017.
We wanted the event to be a perfect match for Mr. Nakazawa, who has always loved having fun, so we held the event on the second floor of Ebisu's Liquid Room, featuring a DJ, a performance by the SHIPS band, and a flea market that collected personal clothes from Mr. Nakazawa, who loved clothes. There's a lot of content.
Also, since not everyone, myself included, knows everything about Mr. Nakazawa's life, I collected photos from his childhood and made a photo book to give as a souvenir to the participants.
For the cover illustration, we asked the artist Hiroshi Wataya to draw a super happy Nakazawa.
As the title suggests, I intend to capture the life of ``Mr. Nakazawa's Greatest Hits'' in one book.
I still visit the graves of the editor-in-chief and select press who were good friends at Begin back then.
The fact that Kan'eiji Temple in Ueno is a cemetery is typical of Edo people, and I still think Nakazawa-san is really cool.
Next time, I'll tell you about another person who was a senior to me. looking forward to!