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The Ayu Fish

Goh-san. Let me start off by sending you my warmest birthday greetings. I'm hoping you're having a blast.

Mr. Goh Hotoda, whom I truly admire, gave my parents and I 21 Ayu fish which we really enjoyed.

As I wrote before he is Japan's pride for being a famous music producer and a mixing engineer. Some of his collaborations were with Grammy-Awarded David Sanborn on "Inside" and Chaka Khan on "The Woman I Am". He also worked with Madonna, Prince, Duran Duran, Janet Jackson, Marcus Miller, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Hikaru Utada, and many other international artists.

The day after the mountain bonfire in Kyoto "Gozan no Okuribi", I also ate Ayu fish at the ryokan called Heihachi Jaya Japanese Restaurant & Inn(平八茶屋). I was with a friend from Switzerland who works for an international organization and another friend from Okayama who is a Shinto priest. The family of the ryokan's owner also enjoyed the fish.

It was such a memorable moment.

Thank you so much Goh-san!

I was in the Netherlands and I wasn't able to see the performance of Goh's wife, NOKKO, who is the lead vocalist of the band "Rebecca." They performed the songs titled "Friends" and "Lonely Butterfly" on Music Station, a well-known live TV station in Japan.

The uniqueness of her voice is really moving that it made me teary-eyed. Her angelic voice is quite rare and it made me go down memory lane.

Here is the link to the video of her performance from more than 3 decades ago.

As for this link

it's pertaining to Yumi Matsutoya's album which is dubbed as the best album in commemoration of the 50th anniversary. The said album was mixed and mastered by Goh-san. It has been No. 1 on the Oricon ranking for 2 weeks in a row. Congratulations!

Also, happy 40th anniversary to your mixing career!

Very much looking forward to having you next time in Japan!

And once again, Happy Birthday Goh-san!

Sent by Goh-san from Gujo Hachiman(郡上八幡) and mentioned that 12 of the Ayu fish were caught at that time.

Myo/妙 Ho/法 Mountain Bonfire 2022 at Matsugasaki in Kyoto

The Ayu fish grilled by the owner of Heihachi Jaya were perfectly cooked and very delicious.


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