Kazuhiko Katoh — Jiraiya
from Super Gas (1971)
Someday soon I’ll have to change the name of this blog to ‘yer darling japan.’ It’s an unending obsession of mine. Until then, here’s a beautiful raga-like dirge for harmonium and guitar, by folk singer Kazuhiko Katoh. It’s his second solo outing, and the first after the breakup of his former group, the Folk Crusaders.
Two years ago, Katoh hung himself in a hotel room in Karuizawa, Nagano prefecture, at the age of 62, after telling one friend “I have nothing left that I want to do.”