A millennium-old Japanese dance on the grounds of Sensoji Temple, Tokyo.
Categories: Art Music & Culture, Daily Life in Tokyo • Tags: asakusa, asia, blog, culture, dance, dancing, design, fashion, festival, japan, japanese, justin egli, matsuri, photography, se asia, sensoji, shirasagi-no mai, tokyo, traditional, travel, white heron dance
Those of us who work in Japan are lucky enough to get one or two national holidays a month. Health and Sports Day – also simply known Sports Day – is one such day held annually on the second Monday in October. It commemorates the opening of the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, and exists to promote sports and an active lifestyle. To coincide with the national holiday, many traditional sporting events take place throughout the city. And so a few weeks […]
Exploring a new area with an old tradition… ❤ For the last 3-4 years I have been living in Setagaya-ku – one of the 23 wards of Tokyo. After spending a good deal of time here, I’ve become somewhat of a Setagaya snob, in that I genuinely think it’s the best place to live – my station of Shimokitazawa being low-key enough yet offering access to both Shibuya and Shinjuku in under ten minutes. The area around Shinjuku station is massive, and […]
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Categories: Art: stuff I've drawn • Tags: art, asia, bizarre, culture, drawing, fashion, fetish, graffiti, harajuku, japan, punk rock, shimokitazawa, south east asia, sticker, street, surreal, tokyo, travel, weird
24 Hour Party People: Acid House in the Shonan sun Sun. Music. Dancing. Random pints with Peter Hook. Sneaking backstage. Pool parties. More sun. More music. Hotel antics. 808 State live. Acid House. Girls. Bikinis. That pretty much sums up my experience at the Hacienda Oiso Festival – a two-day affair on Oiso Long Beach about 90 mins from central Tokyo. Named after the legendary Manchester club, the Hacienda fest is all about vibes, plain and simple. I was lucky enough to […]
Categories: Art Music & Culture • Tags: 808 state, acid, acid house, asia, culture, fashion, festival, hacienda, japan, madchester, manchester, new order, party, peter hook, south east asia, sun, tokyo, travel
What do you get when you cross ‘Otaku’ (basically meaning geek) and Rave (basically meaning rave)? Answer: Geek Rave. And it’s a hell of a lot of fun. Otaku (おたく/オタク) is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests. I guess it basically means nerd: the equivalent of being branded a ‘Trekkie’ or fanboy in the West. Do otakus know that they are geeks? Probably. Do they give a shit? Hell no. They are there to have […]
Categories: Art Music & Culture, Bizarre/Unique, Daily Life in Tokyo • Tags: anime, asia, bizarre, cosplay, culture, dance, fashion, geek, goth, graffiti, harajuku, japan, lolita, manga, nakano, nerd, ottaku, punk, rave, south east asia, street, surreal, tokyo, weird
April is a time of change in Japan. It’s the month that marks the start of the new school year, with many people changing jobs and others leaving the country for good. It’s been a very busy period for me: new schools, new responsibilities and new friends. But in between teaching, writing and drawing I’ve also managed to pack in so much stuff over the last few weeks in Tokyo.
Categories: Daily Life in Tokyo, Kindergarten Life • Tags: art, asia, backpacking, bar, Chim↑Pom, culture, exhibition, fashion, food, gaijin, harajuku, hello kitty, inaka, japan, kindergarten, louis vuitton, omotesando, saitama, shimokitazawa, south east asia, street, surreal, Taro Okamoto, teaching, tokyo, travel, urban, weird
It’s time to move on. The real fashion in Japan doesn’t come from the tired, played-out subcultures but from the kids on the street. Gyarus, Lolitas, Cosplay…yadda yadda yadda. Like a lot of other subjects, fashion articles on Japan can often be…