There is nothing like a pandemic to add constraint to creativity.

That’s the case with producer Shokuhin Matsuri aka Foodman, otherwise known as Takahide Higuchi, who saw first-hand how the rolling state of emergency declarations over the past year in response to COVID-19 left his native city of Nagoya bereft of a live music scene, or anywhere to drink, for that matter.

“Right now, I live on the outskirts of Nagoya,” Higuchi says. “When (the government) first declared a state of emergency last year, I started going to nearby super sentō (public baths) and michi no eki (highway rest areas) instead of concerts or going out drinking.”