20090428

tokyoughurt art

Sushi, thats what my ex-wife called me...
Cold fish...
(Deckard: original blade runnner narration)



adding words to 'things...'


beautiful animations are from a tokyo based company called wowlab. You can see others on youtube that are also just as good.
website: http://www.wowlab.net/index.php?ref=top-news-en


also for a jpeg a day and great graphic inspiration take a look at this; http://jpgaday.com/index.php?x=browse

i have finished my visual culture essay finally! 24 pages of pure tokyo. and too much research! I have gotten to used to adding qoutes and things. Im sure you can see.. good luck to the rest of you still going.
i look forward to concentrating on this blog a bit more now, am going to buy a battery for my camera and go and take photos. Tomorrow is a national holiday so i will be joining my housemates in the park for a picnic. Saturday is drawing at tokyo zoo followed by student party at an italian restaurant 6 till 11 followed by another party at an indian restaurant 12 till 8am. this should be worth blogging if i get my camera done.
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Fiery the angels fell.
Deep thunder rolled around their shores ...
burning with the fires of orc..
Roy Batty.

20090424

Skatin'

Taking my first skate in Tokyo with the guys, it is 'practise for surf' style. No worries.

This is another revised version of the skate video, he keeps changing it.
Except this in this one at 8:15 there is some video of me blindfolded and trying to hit a watermelon with a stick. hilarious... also apparently my name is now f.~Erick
cool.

20090410

a little bit of tokyo











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20090405

Kampai!

Konnichiwa,
Today I have been in bed nursing a shocking hangover, the first thing I thought when i woke up is that i have nothing i can fry and then that i dont even have bread, just onions, apples and a yellow pepper. In the 7/11 you can get bread but in Japan they only sell it in half loaves for some reason and the eggs are pure white.
The cherry blossum party last night was very good, managed to meet many many people and do lots of talking. But I did drink alot, japanese people love to offer you drink after drink and I must have had alot of Asahi, whisky, mold wine and sake! but it was all free, and I am pretty sure I did not make a fool out of myself like would be expected on that much alcohol. But I have met loads of very nice people and I have been invited to another party at a fashion designer called ash't(?)'s house next week which sounds like lots of fun. I also met a group of japanese guys my age who play in a band in Shibuya, i will go to see them soon, I was talking to one of them who likes the libertines, but cannot say libertines or doherty.
It was with severe shock that the notion of not being able to get a kebab on the way back presented itself to me, instead yamacham bought pickled plums and calamari...

So today I have not done much except finish a book.
tomorrow I am going to uni for the first time, so i imagine this is not going to be easy.
Will get some pictures of it.
Hope everyone is well, sayonara!

20090403

To Much Walking & no Talking

Sorry this blog is in reverse chronological order so start at the bottom.
















I am to tired to write much so i will onlt put up pictures, I walked from Shibuya to Meiji Shrine, built by the emporer in 1920 ish for the emporess, it is very beautiful and surrounded by a park of thick almost jungle like trees. Then I took a walk to Harajuku where it is all high end fashion shops and lots of well dressed, and strangly dressed people. Then I walked back down to Shibuya and visited a Pachinko Tower, they have some crazy video games, including a virtual reality pod.
I think i am falling deeply and inseperably in love with Shibuya. also found a fairly cheap pub, and where the beer is cheap you find all the white people. Saw one guy in a brighton and hove albion shirt.
Cherry Blossum party tomorrow, I am very excited.
Some bastard German stole my beer.
Ja mate ne!

20090402

100 yen shop!


Hi Guys!
Today was pretty fun, woke up late after having a late one, and it was really sunny outside, completely blue skies!

Sat around for a while and found that the line up for this years Fuji Rock festival is probably the most tempting line up I have ever seen. Dont know why everything is underlined but anyway, the best acts are as follows:
Animal Collective
Basement Jaxx
Ben Harper
The Bloody Beetroots
Crookers
Easy Star All Stars
Fake Blood
Melvins (dah)
Oasis
Peaches
Public Enemy
Royksopp
Simian Mobile disco
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Weezer.
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At 40.000 yen im very tempted, although in real money this is £275!!
So maybe not.
But it would be good..

Anyway i went out to find the 100 yen shop that chao told me about, which was easier then i thought. I quickly realised that when he said it's in the marshall building, it wasn't as i thought a government building but was in fact in Marusho which is a supa (supermarket).
Tried to buy some food but i still have no idea what anything is, and even if i bought it i wouldnt know what to do with it. So I managed to find some minced beef and i made spaghetti bolognaise which i shared with katsuro who is training to become an itlian chef.
I saw yesterday the Japanese 'interpretation' of Italian food and i have to say it's pretty hilarious, they use spaghetti like noodles and just put japanese food with it, like miso soup or somthing, and really fishy pizza's with shrimp and things on them.
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As it was so sunny I stayed out & made a drawing (top) from a bridge while being watched by lots of people. I bought some french 'wine' for about 500 yen which is pretty cheap, but it was in all fairness revolting. It was as if someone had put loads of sugar in it. I think I will just use it for cooking with.
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I have realised that there are mainly two groups of people living at Eldorado, and they are the asians and the germans. The occasional canadian/american and apparently even the English are rare. There are now two of us now that i have arrived. I have spoken to one german who was very nice, but I seem to bond better with the japanese guys, one guy, cannot remember his name, said he will take me to roppongi soon because the best girls are there. They really like talking about girls. I bought some cigarettes today called Sakura, I'm not sure yet but i think they have cigarettes who are aimed solely at girls because of the packaging, like pink cigarettes with flowers on them. But the mainstream cigarettes are marketed to be in some way quite futuristic, only word I can think of to explain it. Its like having iFags.
Yamachan got home late today from his job fixing elevators and he only had 3 hours sleep last night because we went out and drank, so he went to bed early. On saturday we are all going out to celebrate the cherry blossums. Don't know if i have already mentioned this?
Anyway tomorrow I think i will go to yoyogo park to visit the meiji shrine. Will tell you all how it went.

If you want to you can click on the RSS symbol in the URL thing to get quicker and more updated access to Dont Japanic.
Also I have added a Japanese music thing to my blog which is on the right which is this way ->
I will add to it soon, but have alisten, its all crazy.

Kampai!

20090401

Bill Murray day


Oh my days! I have never related more to a bill murray film, apart from space jam, and now I am ready to collapse!
If you have any vangelis, turn it on now.
Thought I had managed to conquer jet lag this morning by getting drunk last night so I could sleep for ages after just waking up. sort of worked... ..
what did i do...
Immediatley went to Tama-Plaza station when i woke up at about 8 ish, and after alot of umming I bought a ticket and by chance ended up where i wanted to be! Shibuya is one of the biggest centres for japanese youth culture and has that bit in it where there are loads of signs and giant televisions above a giant zebra crossing.
As I emerged from the subway this was the first thing i saw and i think i was probably about to break down and cry. I walked about for a bit but I couldnt stop dribbling so i sat in starbucks and decided to do a drawing to calm myself down, and ended up sitting there for 2 hours doing this:
<----- Dont really know why i did it but i came out of starbucks with a stupid headache that i still have about 10 hours later. Like having someone throw screwballs at your temple.. --------------------------------------------------------- The next few hours were spent solidly walking around shibuya, and staring at everything and everyone. Bill murray style.
saw some guys playing pachinko, well i saw thousands of people playing pachinko.
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Went and ate in another noodle bar and this time i ate Oyakodon, which means mother and child (chicken and egg) I won't draw it because it was mainly mushy egg with bits of chicken and rice. very nice though. Went and spent 1000 yen on two half pints of kirin in a very nice bar, where i smoked in a bar for the first time in yonks.
Funny thing is, you can't smoke on the street, you have designated smoking shelters to help integrate smokers with non-smokers, but, you can smoke inside wherever the hell you want to smoke. Brilliant! The logic is exactly the opposite to uk and for some reason it works better.
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Started to get very tired at about 4ish because i think thats about 7am uk time, so got a coffee and waited till it went dark so that I could experience the lights better. Bought some indoor slippers and coffee. Went dark, and i walked around listening to Blade Runner with a huge grin on my face.

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Ok then, went back home, slept for 3 hours and woke up feeling shit. I decided that its about time I made some friends and went down stairs and immediately met two amazing japanese guys called yamachan and katsuro. they are 27 and 28 respectively and speak marginally good english but have a great sense of humour and love japanese reggae! So at 1 we went to an indonesian bar and ate ribs and satay and drank till 4 am, we talked alot about england and they asked me stuff like where is good to surf, have i seen david beckham, how big are the british girls breasts etc... They said as a foreigner it is easier for me to pull japanese girls.
Still have a head ache though, I think i need some sleep. If i have missed anything important I will put it in the next post. Hope all is well back in the ussr! Oyasumi Nasai!
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