Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Exist Trace live at AntiKnock in Shinjuku 5.13.2016

Exist Trace live at AntiKnock in Shinjuku 5.13.2016

Walking Around Japan Pt.7 - Mitaka & Kamakura - 16 days in Japan 2016

Walking Around Japan Pt.7 - Mitaka & Kamakura - 16 days in Japan 2016. I went to Mitaka to see the Ghibli museum, animation Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, I walked from Kichijoji station down to Inokashira Park . you do need advance tickets to get into this museum, no photos allowed inside. I was a nice walk around the lake with lots of people eating outside in the park. The walk was a bit far but it was a nice scenic walk I would've missed if I took the shuttle bus. Kamakura was a day trip from Shibuya and usually not that crowded but I was there during Golden Week, so try to avoid that holiday. Everything is walkable but lots of walking! the beach town was nice.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Wandering Around Japan Pt.6 - Osaka + Nara - 16 days in Japan 2016

This was my first time in Osaka, the first day I got to Osaka it was raining all day so I decided to go to the Kaiyukan Aquarium which is located on the water. It was a really nice aquarium with a floor dedicated to a huge food court and shops. It stopped raining around dusk and I just walked around the area by my hotel which was located a block from the Dotonbori area wich was nice. It was a short train ride to the station near Osaka Castle and a nice walk up to the Castle entrance. Around the same area as Dotonbori is Amerikamura which reminds me of a sort of LA Melrose area with cool t-shirt, clothing, record shops, mixed in with nicer shops. Then I took a day trip to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple and a nice walk through Nara park with all the deer. There was more eating places when I was here in 2008 but now its more shops and I found a nice sit down restaurant in town on the way back to the train station.

Wandering Around Japan Pt.5 - Kyoto & Arashiyama - 16 days in Japan 2016

Wandering Around Japan Pt.5 - Kyoto - Arashiyama - 16 days in Japan 2016. Exploring Kyoto, Arashiyama Bamboo forest and surroundings. Gion district, Fushimi Inari, Chikurin-no-michi, Kiyomizu-dera, Fujusan view from the shinkansen...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wandering Around Japan Pt.4 - Iwakuni & Miyajima - 16 days in Japan 2016

Wandering Around Japan Pt.4 Iwakuni & Miyajima - 16 days in Japan. I went down to Iwakuni for a couple days and did a day trip to Miyajima Island. The boat ride is only about 20 minutes and mellow. Miyajima is a nice place to hike, shop, chill and lots of deer wandering around but they don't really bother you.

Wandering Around Japan Pt.3 Japanese bands live - Exist Trace - 16 days in Japan 2016

Wandering Around Japan Pt.3 Japanese bands live Exist Trace "This is now" While I was in Japan I had wanted to see some Japanese bands play. I was lucky enough to catch a couple Japanese bands that I listen too Band-Maid and Exist Trace play in Shinjuku. I just had to extend my Japan trip an extra couple days. This video shows the opening song of the set for Exist Trace "This is now" which is the title song of their newest EP. They played all the songs from this EP and a couple others. Great show from both Exist Trace and Band-Maid. I wish they would have let people take photos and videos they have a great live show.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Wandering Around Japan Pt.2 - Shinjuku At Night - 16 days in Japan

Wandering Around Japan Pt.2 - Shinjuku At Night , Robot restaurant, Band Maid, Exist Trace, Antiknock club, Shinjuku. japan travel. I spent 16 days wandering around Japan. Here is a video of Shinjuku at night I was only in Shinjuku for 2 nights. I wanted to experience the Robot Restaurant and see live Japanese bands play. I got lucky when I found out that Band-Maid and Exist Trace were going to be playing in Shinjuku so I extended my trip a couple days to fit it in. It was a nice ending to my Japan trip.



Wandering around Japan Pt.1- In search of Tokyo street art. 16 days in J...

Wandering around Japan Pt.1- In search of street art. I spent 16 days in Japan in the Spring of 2016 traveling alone, winging it. Being a fan of street art, It was a fun way to see wander around exploring new parts and search out the street art in Japan. Artist include Invader, Fin Dac, UFO907... I will be posting up more videos of my trip and what I did. If you have any questions please feel free to comment. if you like the video, please Like and subscribe. Thanks for watching.



Variflex C3's Homicide in Torrance 6.4.16 Lance Mountian, Hagop w Grosso...

Torrance Art Museum hosted a art skate show on June 4, 2016. Director Shaun Gladwell had a North American premiere of hs film "Skateboarding vs Minimalism" staring Rodney Mullen. Rodney who was part of the Bones Brigade team in the 80's. Rodney is the reason there is street skating today with his taking the "ollie" to the streets and inventing the flatland ollie. It started with a skateboard freestyle demo insdie the museum with Mike Osterman who rides for Mode Skateboards and one of the premier freestylers today and his friends freestylen for the crowd. Also the band Variflex C3's  made up of skate legend Lance Mountain, Hagop Najarian, Mark Waters and Jeff Grosso adding some background vocals played a fun set of 80's punk covers for the crowd the whole event was low key and felt like a friendly backyard get together. after the band played the crowd went back inside to watch the films projected on the walls. Rodney Mullen was also there to chat with everyone along with other skaters attending.




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