Cozi moved to Tokyo from her home town Yokosuka in 1987. Firstly she played in a punk & new wave band as a lead singer & a rhythm guitarist while working in a famous second hands record store ‘ Disk Union Shinjuku ‘ . This old concrete building store had 5 floors ( Jazz & Latin, Pop & Rock, Prog Rock & New Wave, Classical, Punk & Japanese indie ), and each floor had specialized staff who has enormous knowledge for their chosen genre to be able to answer any questions from record collectors. For young Cozi, it was like attending school of music history. She worked 6 days a week as an assistant for all floors, absorbing musical history and the knowledge about each genres from those specialists. As her musical interest grew into deeper and wider direction, she eventually quit her band. Then around 1993, She began to programing & producing her own electronic music using Logic software on Mac with floppy disks, Akai CD sampler, Yamaha Sound module, Novation’s Super Bass station. She worked day and night in her one bedroom flat, producing and recording many demo tracks for future album.
She signed with Polygram Records Japan in 1996 as a solo artist. Record company sent her to London twice for recording between 1996-1997 total 2 full month. They hired 2 producers – Nick Beggs ( Mute Gods ) and Richard Niles ( Producer of Pet Shop Boys, Swing Out Sisters ), and Cozi chosen Herbalizer ( Ninja-tune ) as a Remixer of 2 songs. They recorded about 15 songs which were Acid-Jazz, Break-Beats, Drum’n Bass influenced pop music with Cozi’s singing. They were mean to be 1 mini album and 1 full album, but the sales of mini album didn’t met the expectation of the record company, so they decided to not release full album. Master tapes of those songs were discarded few years later when her contract with record company was expired.
After this, Cozi lost interest to compose music to sing. Instead, she developed more and more desire to learn and produce music that can translate her inner chaos without being one particular genre, or featuring different singers if the melody is needed . Around this time, she started to go to clubs to digging dance music.
Counter culture scene in late 90’s Tokyo – was a blooming lotus flower for new breeds of hipsters that was born from the utter chaos. Energetic and hybrid atmosphere in Japan’s capital was a perfect environment for Cozi to absorb the inspirations and the weirdness at the same time. She tirelessly hopped into clubs and parties, danced away until the morning, or sometime noon. She slowly developed a community around herself with friends who works in fashion & music & film industry, graphic designers and editors of cutting edge magazines, and digital artists. She was occasionally given the opportunities to collaborate with these creators.
One day she saw ‘ Steampunk ‘ fashion from the movies and manga comics and thought it’s the best style she can express herself. She went to a shop in Harajuku where selling outlet cloths from U.S army and bought a pair of new goggles for bikers even she is a speed phobia. She wore them wherever she went – From clubs and bars to home parties. Soon people started calling her ‘ Goggle girl ‘.
During this period ( 1993-1999 ) was the first artistic cocooning time for her. She went to book hunt often to find books of Poets such as Arthur Rimbaud, Jean Cocteau, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski and Dadaism & Surrealism artists including Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Dali, or Beat generation authors such as Paul Bowls, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs. She was always working on music, or writing poems and novels, or making photo Collage diary with old magazines, junk, photos she took with antique Nikon camera.