TOKYO, Japan – From kitchen tables to turntables.
This 82-year-old Japanese woman had been cooking dumplings in her restaurant for five decades. Now she is one of Japan’s oldest disc jockey at 82; rocking Tokyo’s nightclub with techno music and jazz.
Sumiko Iwamuro owns a Chinese restaurant in Tokyo where she cooks “gyoza” dumplings during the day. By nighttime, she’s “DJ Sumirock”; spinning hits at DecaBarZ nightclub in Shinjuku district where she is a monthly fixture.
Iwamuro said she has always loved music since her father was a jazz drummer. However, she did not pursue her dreams because she had to help out in their dumpling restaurant since she was 19.
But after her husband passed away, she decided to pursue her passion and studied DJ training at a local music school. She was already 70 years old then.
An opportunity came after she met a French event producer and was introduced to the club scene. She has been spinning music since then.
Her forte, besides jazz and techno music, includes mixes of French chanson and classical music.
“When I spin the tables, I just want to match the beat, choose the right music”, she told Reuters. “But the best thing is for my audience to enjoy themselves.”
“DJ Sunirock” likened working at the turntables to running her dumpling restaurant.
“In both, results can be seen immediately. If the customer eats what you have made, it shows on his face if it is delicious; and if a DJ is good, everyone will dance happily,” she said.
Her dream is for one day to be able to perform at a New York club.