Our second instalment of ‘Seams & Sounds’ is with Kwame Yamashita AKA Tokyo. Tokyo can be found by day working the floor of Accra’s urban concept store Lokko House. Based in Osu, the store also offers cultural experiences through workshops, exhibitions and live performances. Tokyo’s work also spans styling, modelling and building his brand-in-the-pipeline, 'Lost Culture'.
Tokyo has pulled together a few tracks on repeat for him at the moment, all tied together with a raw emotion and underlying sense of power. Opening with Detroit born pop powerhouse Lizzo’s ballad 'Jerome', through fast rising pop newcomers Halsey and Tones and I. The playlist closes with man of the moment J-hus, the soulful, stripped back sounds of 6lack, and of course some Nigerian heat from Burna Boy.
We asked Tokyo a few questions about his influences:
A: Lost Culture— tell us more
T: Lost culture is a street wear brand that I am working on, which will combine multiple cultures like my own... I am half Ghanaian and half Japanese.
A: Which elements would you plan to take from Japanese and Ghanaian culture?
T: Arts are an important part of Japanese life and Ghanaians place high value on dignity and proper social conduct.
A: What are your favourite brands that we should know?
T: Wafflesncream, Iamisigo, Kenneth Ize and Osei Duro.
A: Can you tell us a few of your favourite spots in Accra?
T: I love to hangout at Republic Bar, Purple Bar, and Roots Apartment - which has views down over Oxford street.
A: Why is Lokko House such an exciting place to visit?
T: Lokko House is a unique Ghanaian establishment dedicated to cultivating and promoting Accra's urban art, fashion and creative culture and not forgetting Lokko house is the home of art.