Suji comes out of the Tokyo youth tribe scene, where music, clubbing, fashion, technology capitalism and crime all run together into one amorphous culture-shifting mass. The youth cult chroniclers try to hang convenient names on it - Nu-Bushido, Ronin Style - but the scene's rules change faster than anyone outside of it can possibly keep track of, and only the kids on the inside can really tell you what it's all about.
Suji was a DJ on the scene, making a name for himself in the clubs of the Shibuya district and then hanging out after-hours on the fringes of the bushido gangster scene that revolved around there. Suji liked gangsters, and gangsters liked Suji. They fed off each other, one providing the other with club scene kudos, and the other reciprocating with the kind of criminal chic that fed into the sounds Suji played.
The club scene is international, and Suji was one of the Ronin Style sound's chief exponents. A fawning profile piece in Effigy magazine led to guest spot invites at from some of San Paro's hottest clubs. Suji liked San Paro, and decided to hang around, but the big money party scene happening down in Havalynd bored him. What he was looking for was only to be found at street level. The Havalynd party circuit pays well, but on his nights off he was hanging out at the nascent warehouse scene down at the Waterfront.
It's there he hooks up with Jeung Bloodrose. Jeung knows the Shibuya club scene. Jeung digs Ronin Style, and lifted plenty of ideas from it - the look, the technology, the attitude - when he created the Blood Roses. Suji digs what Jeung's trying to do, and comes onboard, acting as part style advisor, part partner-in-crime. He quits the residency gigs in Havalynd and opens up his own club there - Gaijin - with Jeung bankrolling it as a silent and secret partner. Gaijin is part listening post, and part recruiting station, as well as being a profitable concern in its own right. Havalynd is enemy territory - G-Kings territory - but the club gives the Blood Roses a secret foothold in the place, and - Jeung hopes - a base for them to operate from as they start expanding out into the rest of the city. In the meantime, Suji keeps an eye on who's coming through the door. Lots of people want to be Ronin Style gangsters. Suji sorts out the wheat from the chaff. Likely candidates are tested, and the best of them are sent down to the Waterfront for Jeung's approval or are held in reserve in Havalynd; foot soldiers, for the intended expansion plan.
Neither Michael Simeone nor Tyron Sennet known anything about Jeung's involvement with Gaijin or the covert recruitment policy that Jeung and Suji are operating there.
Or, at least, that's maybe what Simeone and Sennet want Jeung to think.
Good to have you with us. Sorry if youve been looking for me recently and I havent been around. Gaijin has become a big success in Havalynd, and my financial backers and I have been in discussions about opening up another club elsewhere in the city.
And whats good for Gaijin is good for the Blood Roses, although its best I dont say too much about that at present.
Looks like we have both been busy. Mad times.
Back in Tokyo, people think I am crazy for coming here. How can I explain it to them?
A city where you can become a celebrity by robbing burger restaurants. Where you can watch a cable TV show featuring a masked man live-dissecting stray animals. Where you can buy a pack of hollow-point ammunition at any corner store.
Where there are more gun battles happening in the streets than there are TV news crews to cover them all. Where criminals, and not fashion models or rock stars, are the style icons to follow.
How could anyone know all this, and not want to come here?
What do you think of Havalynd? I make my money here, but it's the Waterfront scene I belong to. Or put it this way; Havalynd is my boring but rich heiress wife, and Waterfront is the crazy little groupie I screw as often as I can. Wakarimasu? ^_^
If you dont already, you should go down to the Waterfront sometime. I'm DJing the wrap party at the Rimbaud Room for the new Crispin Q commercial for Jean Zasou. Most of the Roses or all the ones that matter, anyway will be there.
Feel free to drop by.
Didnt see you at the party, but I heard you were there. Crispin was asking me if I would do a Ronin-style soundtrack for his next movie, but he probably forgot all about it as soon as the absinthe wore off.
Jeung was asking about you. Thats either a good or a bad thing, depending on who you talk to. I get on with Jeung very well, although I appreciate he is sometimes difficult to deal with.
Hes at his worst in combination with Charlotte. Thats love, perhaps.
You probably know by now that Jeung is my silent business partner in Gaijin. Since youve been so useful, theres no need to keep you in the dark any longer.
The club makes good money, but thats not its true purpose. Were recruiting new Blood Roses through it, potential new gang members who match the style and attitude were looking for.
And Blood Roses loyal first and foremost to Jeung, and not those above him. Blood Roses such as you, I hope.
Keep this to yourself. Things are definitely happening, but all in the background. Well let you know if we ever need you to help on this.
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Subject Media: The Bankside Voice
Since the 1960s, the voice of San Paro's alternative underground and ultra-liberal fringe, based around the boho scene that once flourished in the Bankside district of Midtown. You name it, and the Voice has campaigned for it if it's in any way anti-establishment, and campaigned against it if it smacked of maintaining the status quo. The Voice has earned its battle scars, but has also grown up with its readership, moving from young angry and rebellious upstart to comfortably middle-aged rebel with a platinum credit card. Aware of the problem, and grabbing something from the shit-stirring spirit of his youth, original founding editor and now millionaire publisher Jenna Marcos kicked off the biggest controversy among the readership in the newspaper's history when she ran a publisher's open mission statement piece that turned people's perceptions of the paper on its head. When she founded the Voice, Marcos stated, her aim was to always offer an alternative to the norm. Back then, the anti-norm was rebellion and counter-culture opposition. Now, she argued, the norm in San Paro is criminality in all forms, from corporate crime in the boardrooms of Havalynd to street corner drug deals and gangbanger drive-bys in the slums of Montebank. Crime has become the ipse facto social norm in San Paro, and respect for the rule of law and the lives and property of our fellow citizens a dangerous and radical act of rebellion. Therefore, in keeping with the newspaper's founding principles, she was throwing the full weight of the Voice behind the Jane Derren and the CSA vigilante policy.
The move provoked outrage. Lifelong readers cancelled their subscriptions by the thousand. Half the staff walked out. Star columnist Terence Piper ran a piece condemning the policy, and accusing Marcos of being a sell-out and Derren's new pet poodle. Marcos, true to her belief in absolute free speech, ran the piece unedited.
And then something strange happened. Circulation figures fell dramatically, as widely predicted&&and then started picking up again. A lot of traditional Voice readers deserted it in droves, but new ones appeared to take their place. Not the squares that bought the Standard and believed every corporate-sponsored word they heard on 3N, but young ordinary San Paroites who picked up on what Marcos was saying. The 'vigilante vibe', Marcos started to call it, and she could see it spreading out into the culture of the city. Into its art, its media, its music and its fashion. It was all about people power. Ordinary citizens taking responsibility for their lives and trying to make their world a better place. Shit, wasn't that what he'd been fighting for since the 1960s? Marcos hadn't felt a buzz like this since the Voice's earliest days, and it got her excited to be running the mag again. When the establishment's as decadent as it is in san Paro, then order is the new rebellion. And you read it here first in the Voice.
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