Here's the English subtitled version of Hotei Tomoyasu on the show Jounetsu Tairiku 情熱大陸 (means Passion Continent). It's a popular series of 25 minute documentaries that follow all sorts of people, famous and not famous, who strive for some goal or do there work with great passion.
I found this a really interesting video, as you get to see a few photo's from his childhood and how he does his work in the studio among many other things. Anyway here it is.
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HOTEI'S PAST PROJECTS
Hotei has worked in two different groups apart from his solo career. Both of them have reached legendary status in Japan, and both broke up at the height of it's popularity, for whatever reasons. I'll just briefly explain each one.
Boowy: This band consisted of Himuro Kyosuke (aka Himurock) on vocals, Hotei on guitar, Matsui Tsunematsu on base and Takahashi Makoto on drums. The name of the band is a play on the word Boui 暴威 (tyranny), as well as David 'Bowie', who was a great influence to Himurock and Hotei. They created a huge 'band boom' in Japan, and caused the highest sale of musical intruments in Japan ever. They were only together for 5 years but scored many hits, the most famous song be Marionette.
COMPLEX: This is a two man unit that Hotei created with the singer Kikkawa Koji. They only worked together for two years before having a falling out, but were already considered as legendary after the release of their two albums. They first created a huge stir with their charisma and uniqueness in the Japanese music industry with their video for "Be My Baby", which is just the two dancing about in front of a clean white screen. It was also unusual, as Kikkawa Koji was already an established idol singer at this time, and his teaming up with a Rock star was questioned. They were a good match though, and Kikkawa evolved from a Johnny entertainment type idol to a Rock Star after this.
Another one of my favourites is the song "Rambling Man". I heard the riff off Hotei's guitar medley on his 30th Anniversary Special episode of Music Lovers and was searching all over for it. I was really happy when I found it!
Lord Ebisu, or Yebisu is one of the Seven Gods of Fortune. He is said to be the god of luck, fishermen, workingmen as well as a protector of small children. Although many of the other seven gods are transmitted from China, Ebisu is the only one original to Japan. It's also the name of a beer company, and his image is used as their logo.
Interestingly, another one of the seven gods is called Hotei. He's the fat one holding a sack, and is usually the one that people in the West often imagine buddha as being......
Can't see much of a resemblance.