Mandy is the owner of a cabaret club in Roppongi in central Tokyo, an area known for its nightlife. The club is famous for its all-male Broadway dance revues and drag shows. Mandy can often be found greeting his customers in a woman’s kimono.
Until high school, Mandy lived in Hokkaido. “I was in to sports as a child, not questioning my sexual preferences, until I arrived in Shinjuku, Tokyo, around when I was 18.”
One day, while in a teahouse, he noticed the attractive clothes of the staff and applied for a job. He was hired. While working there, he saw a cross-dresser for the first time. Then he started going to discos.
In his early 20s, he went to fashion school and met a woman there who was a dressmaker. Because she had a sewing machine and he visited her all the time, they ended up living together.
“I can say that I feel more comfortable with men,” he says. “I lost my virginity to an African-American man in Hawaii.”