Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Summary

Well I love Japan and plan on going back many many times and hopefully will live there for a while. I made this blog to show some of the stuff we did and some of the things you would see if you were to Japan. I didn't always have my cameras with me as I like to just enjoy things for myself and a lot of these are snapshots of random things. I kinda wanted to show you the more random little things rather then the typical shrine/temple pics that you normally see. I do have a video that is being made and should be up soon so please check back, I also will be adding more pics to each post over the next few weeks. And I am sorry if some of the pics look weird but I edited them on 3 different computers with 3 different monitors so some look good on some comps and others do not. I have high res versions of all of these pics so if you would like a high res picture please contact me at m3powered@gmail.com I hope you all enjoyed reading/seeing this blog and if you ever have the chance, GO TO JAPAN!


This is the link to the full gallery!

http://flickr.com/photos/39659820@N00/sets/


And for reference:

Johnny is on the left, I am in the center, and Bo is on the right:

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

CARS

http://flickr.com/photos/39659820@N00/sets/72157601005242179/

That is the link to the set with all the car pics.

Shinjuku!!!

Shinjuku!

I don't even know where to start on this amazing place. I stay here every time I go to Japan and it has become my home away from home, I love it so much! I can pretty much find whatever I want to here, I know my away around it so well (but in the big scheme of things I know nothing about Shinjuku lol). There is so much going on here and so much to do that even living here couldn't scratch the surface. I think Shinjuku is the best place to have a "home base" in Tokyo because it is pretty mellow but there is also Kabuki-cho (the red light district) in case you want to party. The JR station is also HUGE and you can pretty much get anywhere from here. We stayed at the Tokyo Hilton for the majority of the trip which is a very nice hotel and has a great breakfast buffet if you are yearning for some comfort food from home. We did so much here that I can't even get into too much of it but I will talk about some fun stuff we did in Shinjuku. One of the best nights was when Johnny and I just went out exploring and scootering on the east side of the hotel (away from the station). We just cruised around with no camera gear or anything and saw some cool shit, this random dog just followed us around for a while and we just got to scooter and have fun, it was very relaxing. Shomben Yokocho or better known as Piss Alley has some of the very best food in Shinjuku! It is right by the West Exit of the JR station and it looks like a pre-war tokyo, just a little alley lined with yakitori (skewered meat) and ramen stands! The best place to get a cold beer and some food in Shinjuku! It is getting torn down soon so if you have a chance try and make it there!!!! After walking around for a while we found these record shops called "Disk Union" and they had a seperate store for almost every genre of music! Johnny spent most of his time in the electronic/house store and I spent a ton of time in the punk/hardcore store. I found a lot of cool records including an RKL LP which is really fucking sweet! As I was browsing for vinyl they put on Internal Affairs new EP "Deadly Visions" !!!! As I was checking out I noticed a flyer that said IA had played the night before and I had no fucking clue :( The Japanese love hardcore and punk so you can find almost anything you could ever hope for there, next time I go I hope to go to a show. The Park Hyatt is the other hotel I always spend the last two nights in, it is soooo nice and the atmosphere is so cool. We stayed on the 51st floor this time and it had an amazing view facing downtown Shinjuku. We did some solid scootering on the 2nd to last day, we found a fun little hip to mess around on, I ate shit infront of a bunch of kids but whatever.....On our last night in Japan we ate at Shomben Yokocho and then went to club YELLOW to see mother fucking Mark Farina spin at his record release party! He really knows how to throw it down, we danced and drank all night and finally got back to the Hyatt and left the next morning :(

View from the Hyatt at night:

HDR of Shinjuku






Hilton room on the 20th floor



One of the 2 elevators in the Hyatt


Just outside the Hyatt

Hyatt










Pachinko




Club Sega Love






Haha this camera store was really cool but on the elevator back down this old guy just straight up farted and didn't care, was fucking hilarious!


Getting ready to leave for Mark Farina

Train from NRT to Shinjuku station







Shinjuku Club Sega Locals!



Shinjuku Hilton

i-Land




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Pano from the hyatt











Yakitori



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Little pet store by Piss Alley



Kabuki-cho









If you see this then the Piss Alley is just across the street!


Hyatt




Too many buttons for a toilet...

"Don't worry it's $28....."



DoCoMo building


Crappy pano of our room
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I am 25 and live in Santa Barbara, I love BMW's, Japan, Photography and Film. This is here to show you whats going on with my photography and to just write about things I like, don't like, things that are going on, etc etc etc. Contact me at: AIM - GOREGASMA2 Email - jim@jnbphotovideo.com Website: www.jnbphotovideo.com