The start of Golden Week for us – and a new life for many. Today was the first day of Golden Week, a cluster of National Holidays in Japan where many workers get around a week off work. You really couldn’t have asked for better weather – the sun was splitting the trees – and so I headed down to Meiji Shrine for the start of the Spring Festival. Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingū) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of […]
Traditional temples & modular synths. Venetian Snares in Tokyo. Way back in February I had Venetian Snares guest on Ikimasho! – picking some of his favourite YouTube videos for me. I took the chance to hang out with Aaron last time he was here in Tokyo – checking out a couple of shrines, as well as the Five G synth shop my mate Haru works at in Harajuku. Arigato. Ikimasho! If you’re in Tokyo – and are into synths or electronic music […]
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A while back I wrote a narrative piece about Takuhiro: a fictional character based upon the real life rockabilly dancers of Harajuku in Tokyo. The story was picked up by the BBC and narrated for a Radio 4 programme about identity. You can listen to it below.
There is only one place you want to be in the world on Halloween night: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. I have no doubt that Tokyo is the best city in the world to celebrate Halloween. Thousands upon thousands of people on the streets going batshit mental. A fashion parade of the undead. Super Mario on a bad LSD trip. The first video below essentially sums up Tokyo Halloween in seven seconds, while the next is a professionally shot vid showcasing Shibuya’s […]
The other day I was daydreaming down Takeshita Street in Harajuku when I saw a girl. This girl. She was wearing platform converse sneakers with plush panda tongues. Five watches on her wrist. Twenty bows in her hair. Stars and glitter and unicorns and fairydust. She was standing alert ready to pounce as if to catch an imaginary football. I asked her in Japanese what she was doing. She replied in English, “catching bubbles”. Right at that moment her friend (male, […]
Me? You want to know about me? I dunno. What do you want me to tell you? Well, I’m Takuhiro. I’m from Kajicho. It’s in Kanda. Do you know Kanda? They have a famous festival there every year. It’s very traditional. But I guess my area is all office blocks now. There isn’t much to see. I’ve lived in the same house all my life. I’m nearly 50 now. Can you believe that!? My wife and I live with with […]