Sayaka Yamamoto teased the intense new music video for her second solo single, “Toge.”
The song’s title means “thorn” in English, and expresses her will to stay true to herself, featuring earnest lyrics such as “Not normal? Wait, what’s normal?” and “Gender and age are merely options.”
The video for “Toge” starts off with a shocking shot of Yamamoto wrapped in barbed wire. Alternating between her band performing the song and scenes featuring various young people, including popular genderless model Satsuki Nakayama, the visuals express feelings of conflict and exasperation of today’s youth and their desire for freedom.
The music video was directed by Hidenobu Tanabe, one of the leading Japanese visual artists of the 2010s, who has directed videos for numerous J-pop acts including Kenshi Yonezu, RADWIMPS, Southern All Stars, Yuzu, aiko, Ken Hirai and more.