|Walking in, I’m instantly transported to Texas or elsewhere in the deep south. Immediately I’m approached by a man in a Stetson asking me if I’m from Texas. Kumamoto, is a small city on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Situated 700 miles south west of Tokyo, it’s an isolated city removed from the frenetic energy of Japan’s more well known metropolis.
|With less than a million inhabitants it’s known for its 15th century castle and its local delicacy—horse meat. Outside Tokyo it is a second home to Japan’s Country and Western scene. I’m here to meet Charlie Nagatani, the owner of a local country and western honky tonk named Good Time Charlie. We’ve been emailing back and forth from London and communication up until this point has been haphazard at best.|
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