'Right now, my interest and attention goes to Johnny Weir, the figure skater. He was as if the definition of art had come to life. Medals, scores, nationalities, the crowd...he seemed to have transcended them all. To my eyes, he seemed as if he had an uncontrollable desire to express himself, devoting that energy solely to himself.
I felt that I witnessed "Art" as discussed with philosopher Takaaki Yoshimoto. I'm really happy that I was able to see his performance.'
She (the agent) then contacted Mr. Shigesato and his people. They exchanged ideas, Johnny showed interest, and the idea for the interview came about.
Episode One of Johnny Weir: Johnny Comes to Our Office was put up today (August 30th) at the 1101.com Website. The website contains the interviews in both English and Japanese; as well as several wonderful photographs and two videos! The interview will be released to the public via this website in ten parts. Here are the titles of the ten parts and the dates on which they will be published:
My Blog here.
The interview between Shigesato Itoi and Johnny Weir was conducted with the invaluable assistance of interpreter Makiko Shinoda.
Photography by Hidemi Ogata
Art Direction by Yumi Hamano
Episode One Tweet in English
Episode One Tweet in Japanese
Johnny sitting on a chair at Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun ("Almost Daily Itoi News") abbreviated as 'Hobonichi', the office of Itoi Shigesato. The chair was designed by Taro Okamoto.
Johnny arrives at Hobonichi.
Johnny is introduced to the Hobonichi office staff.