It's no secret San Diego has the best weather. Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans:

What else makes this city great?

Shige Koike

DJ + Designer + Art Director + Branding Consultant,  Ideal Plus Co.,  http://
Live: Cardiff by the Sea
How Long: 20 years

Shige has played music around San Diego for years — at clubs, restaurants and small underground parties like Bump! But Djing is just one of his many talents. As a designer and brand consultant he’s worked with clothing companies and restaurants including new East Village spot Tokyo Deli, and created the artwork and interior design for Tajima Hillcrest.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Chigasaki, Japan. It’s a midsize town with a laid back beach community. The city has a nice mixture of surfing culture and a little urban influence since Tokyo is one hour away. I loved growing up there and I’m thankful to have friends and family still living there.

What brought you to San Diego?
I started surfing when I was 11 and I was always fascinated by Californian culture. San Diego’s surfing heritage was appealing, so when I had an opportunity to go school in the US I instantly picked San Diego. I can say surfing and skateboarding videos were my main motives in moving here.

Besides the weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?
I’m surely attracted to the fact that you are able to go from hanging out with family on the beach and surfing perfect breaks, to DJing at sweaty warehouse — on the same day. San Diego has a great mixture of urban and beach, work and play, friends and family. I have my wife and children who love being in San Diego. I’m surrounded and inspired by talented and creative individuals. I am fortunate to have all these today, and hope to grow with them.