As the Reiwa Era begins, Japanese music producer Daisuke Fujita, aka Meitei, is looking forward while sticking to the traditions of the past. Fresh from last year's spook-summoning album "Kwaidan," which featured in "Best Albums of 2018" accolades curated by the likes of Pitchfork and Bandcamp, the Hiroshima-based music maker has just released a follow-up, titled "Komachi."
And it's in his childhood hometown memories where we find the origins, not just for this album, but his entire approach to creating music.
"As a junior high school student, when I took a bath I had to burn wood in a kama (furnace) to make a fire," Fujita says. "After a while the hot water in the bath would be boiling.