Hi, my name is Junko. Thank you for visiting my site and being nice enough to read such a page. I'm a music-lover and a record collector as you can see from other pages on this site. I'm especially renowned as Mansun collector.
I've been a keen listener of British pop music for so many years and now have a little shop to sell rarities.
Here's FAQ about me.
Frequently Asked Questions about me
Are you a guy or a girl?
I'm a grown up woman. I'm single and free by the way.
But how old are you?
Oh, shut up. It's none of your business. (Don't believe the photo! It's 'a bit' old)
How should I pronounce you name?
My name Junko is pronounced as June-co, not Junk-o.
Where do you live?
I live in Tokyo, Japan.
What do you do as a job?
I had been an associate professor at a small university in Tokyo but I quitted the job to devote myself to music. But I still teach as part-time to make my living.
Where did you learn your English?
I've never lived or studied abroad. So I should say my English is self-taught through imported books, records and films (oh, and the Internet these days), because English education in Japan is useless.
And here are a few of my favourite things.
My Other Favourite Bands - Major Artists
1960s : The Doors (the first and the last American band I loved), The Yardbirds, Buffalo Springfield (sorry, they were Americans too), Traffic
1970s : Pink Floyd / Syd Barrett, Yes, King Crimson, David Bowie, Roxy Music, T-Rex, The Clash, The Stranglers, 10CC / Godley & Creme, Queen
1980s : Japan, Ultravox, Duran Duran, Heaven 17, Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division / New Order / Electronic, Tears For Fears, Scritti Politti, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Aztec Camera, Simple Minds, Bauhaus, The Jesus And Mary Chain, The The, The Cure, Pet Shop Boys, Prefab Sprout, Psychedelic Furs, UB40 (early days only)
1990s : Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, The Charlatans, The Farm, Ride, EMF, Jesus Jones, Manic Street Preachers (until Richey left...but I can't hate them still), Suede, Pulp, Gene, Shed Seven, The Bluetones, Stereo MC's, Massive Attack, UNKLE, Nine Inch Nails, Travis, Muse2000s : My Vitriol, Haven, Starsailor, South, The Music, Kasabian
My Other Favourite Bands - (comparatively) Unsung Heroes I cherish and love always
80s : The Lotus Eaters, The Pale Fountains, Associates / Billy Mackenzie, Eyeless In Gaza / Martyn Bates, The Specials / Fun Boy Three / The Colourfield / Terry Hall, And Also The Trees, Seona Dancing, The Pop GroupMy Other Favourite Things
90s : It's Immaterial, Blue Nile, Railway Children, Beats International (Norman Cook's previous band), Frazier Chorus, Microdisney / Fatima Mansions, Flowered Up, New Fast Automatic Daffodils, No-Man, Puressence, Trashcan Sinatras, Strangelove, Spearmint
2000s : The Animalhouse, This Picture
Sci-Fi NovelsDouglas Adams, J G Ballard (my all-time best writer), Iain Banks, Stephen Baxter, Barrington Bayley, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Alfred Bester, Chris Boyce, Arthur C Clarke, Samuel R Delany, Philip K Dick, Thomas M Disch (here! One thing I have common with Paul! He's the author of the Prisoner), Philip Jose Farmer, James Alan Gardener, James P Hogan, K W Jeter, R A Lafferty, Stanislaw Lem, Larry Niven, Jeff Noon, Charles Platt, Rudy Rucker, Robert Sawyer, Charles Sheffield, Dan Simmons, John Sladek, Cordwainer Smith, James Tiptree Jr, A E Van Vogt, John Varley, Ian Watson, Gene Wolfe
Horror / Fantasy NovelsJRR Tolkien, Mervyn Peake, David Ambrose, Clive Barker, Jonathan Carroll, Mark Frost, Tanith Lee, C S Lewis, H P Lovecraft, George McDonald, Ian McDonald, George RR Martin, Michael Slade, Peter Straub
Brigitte Aubert, Conan Doyle, Robert Goddard, Ruth Rendell, Minette Walters
LiteraturePeter Ackroyd, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, William Blake, Jorge Luis Borges, Anthony Burgess, William S Burroughs, Lewis Carroll, Angela Carter, Jean Cocteau, Steve Erickson, John Fowles, Joseph Heller, Hermann Hesse, Aldous Huxley, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jean Genet, Gunter Grass, Franz Kafka, Ian McEwan, Iris Murdoch, Vladimir Nabokov, George Orwell, Thomas Pynchon, Arthur Rimbaud, Philip Ridley, Salman Rushdie, George Bernard Shaw, Gore VidalGraphic ArtistsNeville Brody, Vaughan Oliver, Peter Saville, Russell Mills, Futura 2000Rock Photographers
Anton Corbijn, Steve Double, Mitch Ikeda, Pennie Smith, Kevin Westenberg
Artists / Photographers
Aubrey Beardsley, Arnold Bocklin, Salvador Dali, Jean Delville, William Degouve de Nuncques, Gerald Di-Maccio, M C Escher, Casper David Friedrich, H R Giger, Pierre Et Gilles, David Hockney, Fernand Khnopff, Robert Mapplethorpe, Alain Margotton, Gustave Moreau, William Morris, Maxfield Parrish, Odilon Redon, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Paul Wunderlich, John William Waterhouse, Andrew Wyeth
Japanese Comic Book Artists
Otomo Katsuhiro, Azuma Hideo, Morohoshi Daijiro, Fujiwara Kamui, Itahashi Shufo, Karasawa Nawoki, Takahashi Yosuke, Yamada Akihiro, Maruo Suehiro, Tori Miki, Shiriagari Kotobuki, Tony Takezaki, Furuya Usamaru, Mizuno Junko, Kago Shintaro
Film DirectorsThe Films That Made MeRobert Altman, Lindsay Anderson, Bernardo Bertolucci, Luis Bunuel, Tim Burton, Jane Campion, Joel Coen, Francis Coppola, Alex Cox, David Cronenberg, Federico Fellini, David Fincher, Stephen Frears, Terry Gilliam, Stuart Gordon, Peter Greenaway, Jim Henson, Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Jackson, Derek Jarman, Jeunet et Caro, Alexandro Jodorowsky, Terry Jones, Neil Jordan, Stanley Kubrick, Emir Kusturica, Michael Lehmann, Baz Luhrmann, David Lynch, Alan Parker, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sam Peckinpah, Roman Polanski, Philip Ridley, Nicolas Roeg, George A Romero, Richard Rush, Ken Russell, Paul Schrader, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino, Gus Van Sant, Paul Verhoeven, John Waters
Apocalypse Now by Francis Coppola (my all time best)
If... by Lindsay Anderson
Satyricon by Federico Fellini
Zabriskie Point by Michelangelo Antonioni
2001 A Space Odyssey by Stanly Kubrick
A Clockwork Orange by Stanly Kubrick
Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese
Catch 22 by Mike Nichols
The Man Who Fell To Earth by Nicolas Roeg
Novecento by Bernardo Bertolucci
The Night Porter by Liliana Cavani
The Wall by Alan Parker
Die Blechtrommel by Volker Schlondorff
A Zed & Two Noughts by Peter Greenaway
Videodrome by David Cronenberg
Eraserhead by David Lynch
Sid And Nancy by Alex Cox
Another Country by Marek Kanievska
The Exocist by William Friedkin
The Thing by John Carpenter
The Living Dead Trilogy by George A Romero
Brazil by Terry Gilliam
Caravaggio by Derek Jarman
La Cite Des Enfants Perdu by Jeunet et Caro
Santa Sangre by Alexandro Jodorowsky
Natural Born Killers by Oliver Stone
Underground by Emir Kusturica
Matrix by Andy & Larry Wachowski (first episode only)
Lord Of The Rings Trilogy by Peter Jackson
I'm also into...
United KingdomYeah, I'm a big Anglophile and love almost anything British. Why Britain? Mainly for its music and language. I also love their humour, eccentricity, tea, landscapes and cloudy London sky in the twilight. I even love its food and weather!Collecting thingsI'm a natural born collector. Most of my collection are related to pop music. Apart from more than 7,000 records, I collect music books, videos, T-shirts, tour programmes, posters, photographs and various merchandises. And I've got tons of cuttings from UK and Japanese magazines.
Other things I'm collecting are books, comic books, movie videos, cinema programmes, postcards, anything with horse-related design...Oh I must stop this, or my house will be like a warehouse.
Writing is a part of my job but I like writing not for money. So I'm writing this. I also write volumes of diary (it's more like an essay) part of which are uploaded on this site. But it is in Japanese. Sorry.
I'm a horse-lover and a poor rider and used to be a horseracing fan, though I gave up gambling now.CatsI love all the furry animals including beautiful young boys. :-)DinosaursI love scaled, gigantic animals too. I used to love Godzilla when I was a kid, but am into paleontology instead now. My favourite dinosaur is deinonychus and I'm a fan of Robert Bakker.ComputersNo, I'm not in love with my computer and my knowledge of computers is very limited. Still somehow I can't live without it for a day now. Weird.ScienceI don't have a degree in science. I'm just a fan of science and love to read science books. My main interest is in maths, physics, astronomy, biology, ethology and paleontology. But took interest in neurology due to books by Oliver Sacks. But Richard Dawkins is my star.My Least Favourite ThingsOh, there are too many to name. As a matter of fact, I hate almost everything except mentioned above as I'm very choosy. Anyway, it's a law of nature that 99% of everything is crap.
Here are a few examples of things that I hate.
Almost everything Japanese except for Japanese bath, futon, tea and electronic products. Especially food, weather and music.
Professional sports (though I secretly love David Beckham)
Creatures that have 6 legs or more
Stephen King (though I love some of his short stories)
Steven Spielberg (though I love his dinosaurs)
Most bands in the charts