Dropkick Murphys talk to IKIMASHO! about playing Japan, Asia & beyond…
Categories: Art Music & Culture, YOUTUBE SESSIONS • Tags: asia, belfast, blog, china, Dropkick Murphys, fukuoka, ireland, japan, japanese, justin egli, music, northern ireland, photography, punk, runnin riot, se asia, tokyo, travel
I’m back in Northern Ireland for a few weeks for the holidays. Today some of my old bandmates and I climbed up Cave Hill, overlooking Belfast. Cave Hill is thought to be the inspiration for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, with Swift imagining that the Hill resembled the shape of a sleeping giant safeguarding the city.
Back to Bali – and escaping the End of Days. I’ve written a bit before about Hellrides – those horribly twisted and depraved long-distance drives my old band used to do every night in order to play a farcical gig in front of no one. My touring days may be behind me, but travelling in Asia often means cramped conditions, squalid surroundings and not quite knowing if you’ll end up at your intended final destination. Not much change from playing on the DIY punk circuit then, […]
How my small home town was once regarded as one of the most important places in the world. Having an interest in travel means I also have an interest in maps: the ongoing progression and evolution of how our planet is perceived. It’s amazing to think that at one time people’s knowledge of the earth was not so different than our own perception of space today: not exactly knowing what was out there. This curiosity drove explorers to go beyond […]
Categories: Travel: Outside Japan • Tags: bangor, belfast, blog, church, county down, hereford, history, ikimasho, japan, justin egli, map, mappa mundi, medieval, normans, northern ireland, tokyo, travel, uk, united kingdom
“Bangor’s Justin Egli, who currently lives in Tokyo, tells us lies about what he’s been up to on his travels.” I’ve had some odd experiences on the radio since I started this site. On Christmas Day 2012 I was on the BBC talking about travel, then at the end of last year BBC Radio 4 turned one of my short stories into a spoken word piece for one of their programmes. Last week I was briefly on the radio again, this time lying through my teeth […]
Categories: Art Music & Culture, Daily Life in Tokyo • Tags: aphex twin, bangor, bbc radio, BBC radio 4, belfast, blog, ikimasho, japanese, justin egli, lies, northern ireland, phil collins, sussudio, tokyo, ulster