Freddie Mercury, Misa Watanabe and Jim Hutton in Japan, 1986.
“One of his favourite people was Misa Watanabe who was his personal guide in Japan. She and her husband owned huge chunks of the place, he was Mr. Suntory and Misa was in charge of music publishing amongst other things. It was great to walk around the department store after it was closed and all the people working there had to stay behind waiting at their counters for Freddie to go round making his choice of whatever he wanted, which was then duly packed up and sent to his hotel. Payment was sorted out with Misa at a later date. Freddie felt some sort of contentment in Japan he found nowhere else. Life could be so frantic and Tokyo was always so busy, but he continually found it a place to recharge his batteries.”
Peter “Phoebe” Freestone credits eileen