She has, for nearly all her life, wanted one thing most of all — to play. Whether it be in the sanctuary of fantasy anime worlds or along a deep spiritual vibe for healing the soul, just let this woman play.

Masayo Nakao, DJ 901, has been on a quiet rise in Tokyo’s Goa trance scene. The 28-year-old artist is the epitome of Japanese homegrown female talent, a proud native of Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, who first made music at age 3.

She is currently a resident DJ for midsize Tokyo organizer [Synchronisity,] responsible for those comfy “Dark Side of the Moon” parties down at Junk Box Tokyo Bay last winter. She has three mix CDs out, two released by ToGetHer and one original mix.

Her latest project, the Infants early-evening parties at Plug, in Shibuya, is part of a larger art-space dream she has been perfecting since before she can remember.

Quietly playful. Softer than life. 901 is deep and shimmeringly transparent at the same time. Her stage name is a reminder of the girl that’s still in the fantasy world of “Galaxy Express 999” (“Ginga Tetsudo 999,” created by Leiji Matsumoto).

“901,” you see, is wordplay on the character of “Claire,” a Glass Crystal Machine trying to earn her human body back — but even 901 admits most people don’t make the connection.

When Nakao first set foot in club culture about six years ago, she sought out a gender-neutral identity that could still evoke her sense of female determination. And then she remembered Claire’s adventures from her youth, which she transposed into “ku-re-i,” or one of the Japanese pronunciations for “nine,” “zero” and “one.”

“Many Japanese read my name on the flyer like it’s just a number — like ‘kyuhakku-zero-ichi’ (‘nine hundred and one’) — and the foreigners usually say it as ‘nine-oh-one,’ ” 901 explained in an exclusive interview with The Japan Times. “No. My birthday is not Sept. 1.”

901’s modest success so far is unremarkably remarkable — her quarter century on electronic keyboards could have taken her anywhere. But instead, she chose to take her chances on something more wide-open but uncertain. Again, not really surprising — in junior high school, she formed her own jazz-fusion band, which falls outside the normal teeny J-Pop flow.

Her next Infants party — “innocence” — on Saturday marks 901’s debut as a live act, making her already active art-space even more so. These are events with a matronly feminine touch, so as to take your hand and press it to her heart and let you feel a sense of what guides a young girl into the unknowns of womanhood and possibly motherhood, wherever destiny lies.

The 5-10 p.m. time slot in Shibuya is a niche that really hasn’t been developed, so 901 is having fun exploring the long-term possibilities of it. Expect a vibe that’s relaxing and uplifting, and none too exhausting — perfect for the crowd just warming up and for the crowd that has to get up on Sunday morning. You’ll walk away feeling enlightened, and if the last party’s live-art demonstration was any barometer, probably surprised. (You will have to ask me in person if you want to know what happened.)

Plug is in the building across from Shibuya Station’s Hachiko exit that has the Golden Arches in front. But the entrance is around back — so keep going around the corner, where you’ll see the narrow stairs lead down to the basement.

When you finally do complete your descent down to B2, you’ll find a cozy atmosphere. There is table space along one wall opposite the bar, with another 10 seats, and space in the middle for 130 or so more people.

It’s a boy!

Watch this space for a personal message from Domino announcing the birth of her son, Marley, on July 22.

A Frolic in the Mist

New double-size air mattress for the tent and lightweight foldable camping chair with umbrella option: about 6,000 yen.

Party tickets, tolls and gas from Tokyo to Gunma Prefecture: about 25,000 yen.

The level of everlasting “Cool!” earned with your teenage daughter for taking her to the coolest rave of the year in Japan: Priceless!

This was a party so magical that even a whisper of its name risks breaking the spell, protected by the forest spirits conjured each time a thousand feet landed on the same tribal beat.

Like pilgrims we traveled from all points, planted out tents on the soggy ground and gathered before the main tepee on the eve of a full moon.

For three days and two nights the enlightened ones stepped forward in turn to deliver their message, not in plain words, but through deep, universal bass lines for all the tribe to understand.

The vibe on the dance floor was thick, chest-deep, leaving the Mind free to play Games. This beat was so pure and abundant that you couldn’t resist the temptation to share its joy with others around you through smiles or gum or water, whatever.

It was the most amazing thing, and had the music kept playing I could have stayed there forever. Many of us will always be there. This is as close as I’ll get to tampering with the magic of it.

Summer Arcade — Aug. 9-10

Tokyo organizer Arcadia heads outdoors once again this year with Summer Arcade, next Saturday at Naeba Ski Resort in Gunma Prefecture.

The lineup for this 27-hour event “deluxe party” features live sets by Absolum, CPU, Nomad, S.U.N. Project, Synthetic and Talamasca. DJs on the bill include Christof, Ilija, Mael, Marco Menichelli and Zeynep.

This year’s Summer Arcade has been pared back from three days to two days, but Arcadia chief Cem Ozsuer promises a full-on experience from beginning to end. A note on the flyer cautions about a lack of a water supply, but Cem assures The Second Room that there will nothing to worry. “We are working very hard to make this an unforgettable party!”

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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