Satellite Voices Tokyo launches today joining Shanghai, Dubai, Moscow, Munich, Rome, Paris and Santiago as part of our innovative global cultural platform, brought to you by Dazed and Swatch. The site now connects eight teams of influential local city editors from to broadcast Satellite Voices to a worldwide audience of millions, in all eight local languages. Emi Kameoka, Ayumi Seki and Sophie Jackson are our team of Satellite Voices editors representing the city of Tokyo. Bringing a fresh new perspective on Japan’s cutting edge youth culture, the trio will be joined by guest editors, photographers, artists, musicians and designers leading the charge of Tokyo’s creative revolution.
Emi Kameoka is Tokyo born-and-bred who also alongside Satellite Voices works with Nicola Formichetti and Vogue Hommes Japan. Her dream is to enter the world of Haruki Murakami, wishing she could live in Yayoi Kusama’s polka dot house. Ex-Londoner Sophie Jackson began working in editorial for AnOther Magazine before becoming Deputy Marketing and Events Manager for Dazed Group before moving to Tokyo at the beginning of 2011. She is joined by Ayumi Seki, a film events producer who will be exploring the film and photography industry in Japan.
Dazed Digital: What inspires you about the area that you live and work in?
Emi Kameoka: It is not limited in one area. I like my neighbourhood because it is cosy and quiet and within 15 minutes walk I can go to the crazy central. This balance is very important for me.
Sophie Jackson: It feels a lot like a village just off the centre of Tokyo and has a more laidback art and music scene, providing a welcome retreat from neon lights and kawaii girls.
Ayumi Seki: In just a five minutes walk from my tiny apartment, I can go to a theme park!
DD: What is your favourite hidden city spot and why?
Emi Kameoka: A pond in my garden.
Sophie Jackson: My balcony with cherry blossoms creeping over the edge, the major redeeming feature of an 18m2 apartment.
Ayumi Seki: On The Corner diner in Shibuya. You can have breakfast at anytime.
DD: What can you find in your city that you cant get anywhere else?
Emi Kameoka: Minty eye drops, crazy glittery stickers, wasabi flavour Kit Kats, Pikachu costume suits, more and more... Tokyo is a big city, urban and local at the same time. If you go to certain spot, most of the time you will see and meet a certain type of people with certain interest. But most of all, it is filled with amazing people living with full of ‘omoiyari’ (kindheartedness in Japanese) Tokyo is my sweet hometown.
Sophie Jackson: To me it feels like everything in Tokyo comes from another planet. My personal highlight is the sight of middle aged women taking their glittery outfit clad sausage dogs for a stroll (in their dog pram, a highlight amongst entirely unnecessary Japanese inventions).
Ayumi Seki: There is nothing you cannot get in Tokyo.