"The works of Inejiro Koizumi are influenced by his childhood in Northern California as well as his personal journey with depression. Never afraid to try something outside of the mainstream, Koizumi-san immersed himself in the culture of Japan seeking relief in a society that more naturally matched his own internal workings. His works display a fusion of Japanese influences and insights from his own youthful associations with Latin gangs during his adolescence in Northern California."
Inejiro Koizumi was born from a deep appreciation for Japan and its rich cultural heritage.
I was suffering from depression in 2007 and after several therapists I encountered a doctor who told me to track my circadian rhythm. After doing so, I was to find a time zone that matched my now-documented natural sleep/wake cycle and immerse myself into a culture therein. As it would turn out, when Japan is waking up, so is my body. When Japan goes to sleep, so does my body.
So I dove in.
I took up the language, Sumo, Rakugo, Noh, TV Asahi, NHK, and formally studied the history. Being a classically trained chef, the real food of Japan, Washoku, became my entire culinary world. I eventually traveled there and had the most Magickal experience of my life thus far. Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Itsukushima, Gifu, Yokohama, and everywhere I went in between welcomed me like a native son.
The clouds lifted and a new lens through which to view and live my life was comfortably in place.
To show my gratitude for the Rising Sun that nourishes me daily, I chose a Japanese pen name to convey my intent in writing.
Inejiro after Inejiro Asanuma and his shocking demise. A man so committed to his belief in Japan he was willing to risk his life to speak. In addition to this as well as the meaning of the name itself, the personal synesthetic connections to the word forms in Romaji and Kanji are highly favorable.
Koizumi after Junichiro Koizumi for one, but more so for the meaning of the word and the design of the Kanji. The name roughly means 'small fountain' and that is how I choose to view my mind and the source of imagination; a small fountain from which I carry the water to you, the reader.
Based in Las Vegas but raised San Leandro, California, I stumbled upon my unique brand of writing, dubbed 'Surrealist Science-Fiction', after falling in love with the writings of Philip K Dick, Haruki Murakami, and Kobo Abe.
More of my influences include: Tanaka Hisashige, Ai Wei Wei, Zheng He (San Bao), Nikola Tesla, Jagadish Bose, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Woody Allen, James Coburn, Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, Rokudenashiko, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Taj-E, and more...