Wish You Were Here
By Kit Conway
Photographed by Kit Conway, Giullian Gioiello, & Kristina Reyes
I've spent this winter out of the US for the first time in my life, exploring Taiwan and Japan. For the first leg of the trip (mostly in Taipei) I was with my friends Giullian and Kristina, but after a week in Japan blew our minds they went back home and I've been living and gigging here in Tokyo. At the start of the trip we bought a bunch of disposable cameras and caught different moments as we wandered around these foreign places. This is a compilation of the best of those moments, as well as excerpts from my journal during that first month of the trip. Wish you were here.
The young people here are like American youth in 1962; you get this sense of a brimming transition from tradition to rebellion. The underground scene is much less self-aware than in New York, rock bars have "FUCK" scribbled on the wall with absolute sincerity. Went to an avant-garde electronic show with our friend Chien-Fu and met his friend Morphine there. The openers were great but the headliner was making some extremely abrasive noise on an iPad. We smoked cigarettes and drank Taiwan Beer in the street outside.
Sunday night I took a night bus from Taipei to meet Giullian and Kristina in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's southern port city. It was a 4 hour trip down the length of the island. At some point halfway through the country I realized I had never been this far from anyone I'd known before, and was traveling to a city I'd never heard of where nobody spoke my language. And by some miracle that didn't scare me right then, all I felt was this great satisfaction of really not knowing where the hell I was more than ever, somehow still headed where I needed to be.