*First broadcast on September 30, 2021. In a Japanophiles interview, Peter Barakan meets Marty Friedman, a legendary guitarist from the USA. As a member of a well-known heavy metal band, Friedman toured the world. But a deep love for Japanese music led him to move to Tokyo. He went on to perform with major J-pop artists, and in 2016 he became an official ambassador to Japan Heritage. Friedman takes us through his journey, and explains what it is about Japanese music that he finds so appealing.
In 2016, Marty Friedman was appointed as an ambassador to Japan Heritage
His virtuoso guitar work was heavily influenced by elements of Japanese music