This is a brief portion out of Gregory Gumo’s bio captured off the internet after a search looking for information on his past for connections that led him to Yokohama, Japan where he first arrived in late 2002. Why Japan? Why Yokohama? While in New York, Gumo was working in and connected to night clubs in New York like the Tunnel and Limelight. I am thinking that at some point he met a Japanese or some Japanese in these night clubs who might have been from Yokohama and perhaps at some point invited him to Yokohama. Gumo claimed that he was a co-founder of a boutique in New York where fashion merchandise was sold including Japanese fashion merchandise which I have posted on previously. Before I continue let’s take a look at Gumo’s bio with connections to Japan:
Born in the suburbs of Washington DC, Gregory [Gumo] spent his youth split between Ormond Beach, Florida and Malverne, New York. As a rebellious teen he naturally gravitated to New York City where he soon started producing underground dance music events. He [Gumo] was briefly married to his longtime partner Maiko Naka[m]ura of the ultra-hip Parisian fashion/art collective Some/things before moving to Japan in late 2001 where he met and married Ayumi Jomori whom he has three children with.
After reading this bio I was able to find so far only one link to Maiko Nakamura who was allegedly married to Gregory Gumo in New York. Was he actually married to her? Knowing Gumo, would he go through all the immigration requirements in the U.S. to marry a woman from Japan? My bet is he wasn’t married and they were perhaps living together. This is how I think Gumo was involved in the boutique he claimed he was a co-founder of before coming to Japan. This Maiko Nakamura from this short bio below, was involved with retail stores (fashion as art”) working between Tokyo, New York and Paris. Gumo probably met her at one of the clubs he worked at in New York and this is how they might have connected as “partners” at this boutique where Japanese fashion merchandise was sold.
Whether or not they were in fact married, or if they just lived together, is hard to ascertain, but now I am wondering if their claimed “divorce”, or separation, was due to the problems Gumo encountered at this boutique which I’ve discussed in this blog post? By this time, it appears he was interested in Japan, certainly Japanese fashion merchandise and now probably the potential for making money in Japan at any one of the many party clubs and night scene in Tokyo and Yokohama? If he met the Japanese woman, Maiko Nakamura, could he have met other Japanese in New York at one of these night clubs who he discussed coming to Japan with?
Here is the bio on Gumo’s alleged ex-wife who it is claimed they were divorced in 2001 before Gumo came to Japan. His arrival date in Japan seems to not be clarified yet. I keep coming to the year of 2002 for him arriving in Yokohama. Maiko, did you know Gregory Gumo is in prison in Yokohama on murder charges?
Maiko Nakamura at Palais de Tokyo & MAM, Paris © 2012 Lucie & Simon for Label Dalbin
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For the last twelve years, Maiko Nakamura has been working in Tokyo, New York, Berlin and Paris, mostly for creative companies (records label, music streaming site, production of software tools for artists and designers, retail store «fashion as art»…) A great facilitator, she has been marketing manager, creative director, head of PR and, in most cases, has handled external communications for these companies.