Living together around Tatsumi Hijikata, show activities such as Cabaret were economic-based, and Dairakudakan followed this style. These shows adorned with orientalism and bodies clad in gold dust went beyond merely putting bread on the table, but provided many ideas for the actual performances.
I started to live at Asbestos-kan in Meguro after starting to serve as Tatsumi Hijikata’s assistant. In actuality, I didn’t receive any dance lessons from him, and my first dance experience was Cabaret. My teacher was Koichi Tamano. At first, I was made to study Nijinsky’s form. When I came back in the middle of the night, Hijikata said, “Strip yourself and draw your bow” (laugh). When I did it, he said, “That’s fine, just fine.” Then after that, he just drank. The name was “Black Rose.” It was an erotic adagio with a new girl in the middle supported by two boys. My debut was at a strip joint called Kinbasha Music (golden carriage music). [omitted] So I studied dance from shows.