JAPAN///TOKYO TRIPPIN’…

May 7, 2007  |  Uncategorized

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Two weeks in Tokyo is always good for the mind & body. There's always too much to even think about doing in the land of the setting sun, but the ST crew found enough to keep us busy beyond belief. Here's a glimpse of what once was...

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Spring has officially sprung in the land of the setting sun...

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Cherry blossoms alone make the trip worthwhile...

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And the entire city...

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Looks and smells...

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A lot like...

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A tropical greenhouse...

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You gotta love the seasonal goodies too...

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Like Sakura (cherry blossom) & red bean Kit Kats...

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And crazy lines at the brand new Krispy Kreme...

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For cherry jelly donuts...

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Make that one hour lines...

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That stretch around the corner and down the street...

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Shibuya: gotta love the view...

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Street life at full-speed...

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Nasty Neck gets up...

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And stays up...

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How could you miss fashion icons STASH and Yone...

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STASH's new office...

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Has the killer cemetery view...

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The subway is the way to go if you can figure it out...

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But after several years of grabby hands on crowded rush hour cars...

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The ladies of the island have special cars to themselves. Sign o' the times...

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Shep's still crushing...

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And runningmate WK Interact is right behind him...

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Where else on Earth could you see...

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A seven-story-tall real cloth (dirty) wifebeather wrapped around a building?...

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One of the best parts about being in Tokyo...

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Is the ability to walk into Yoyogi park and step back in time...

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Where the Meiji shrine stands as it has...

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For hundreds of years...

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Next up was an afternoon with Nike's Fraser Cooke and his long-lost father...

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And a quick run...

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Through the incredible Tokyo iD spot...

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Where Pushead was busy cooking up some new earthtone kix...

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And yours truly went crazy knockin out those elusive kustom Dunk hightops...

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Afterwards, it was time for a quick check-in at HF's office with Cooksie & DJ Alex...
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Hiroshi's kix pile was running over as usual (spot the new freshies in there)...

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Followed by a fast bite at the Airstream diner...

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Next up was a stop in at the Hysteric Glamour offices...

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Which is like...

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A high temple....

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Of stoner...

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Rock...

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Culture...

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Or a white trash teenager's dream bedroom...

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Then it was off to the Hysteric flagship store in Harajuku to hang Niagara's solo art show: "Detroit Kill City"...

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Her graphic Pop paintings gone wrong...

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Are tailor-made...

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For Japanese audiences...

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HG founder Nobu Kitamura & the dark princess get ready for the opening nite...

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Where the girls of Tokyo paid homage to a punk fashion icon...

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And the crowd of Tokyo's A-list hipsters spilled onto the street...

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Needless to say Nobu & crew kept it beyond real...

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Afterwards it was out to see Niagara in action playing vintage Destroy All Monsters tunes with local rockers DMBQ...

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After a good nite's sleep Niagara headed back to the gallery for an autograph signing with a throng of fans...

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Who queued up for hours...

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Waiting for a chance to meet the legend...

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Late-nite it was time for another four-hour dinner where HG's Aki killed the parfait for the third nite in a row...

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And Three Tides Tattoo's Masa Sakamoto mad dogged the waitstaff...

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While Ussun kept the ill Yakuza dollar bill pinkie rings coming...

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The real diamond applique is a must...

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Back on the street, Audi's new flagship building in Harajuku is worth more than one long stare...

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Traffic robots keep the flow in effect...

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This cat lives in a hole in the wall the size of a Japanese apartment...

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Who in their right mind would NOT want office space in the "Empire Snake Building?"...

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Gotta love the monster animatronic crab sign...

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Tokyo's retail signage rarely disappoints...

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And these examples...

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Are no exception...

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Only at "Balls-Bo" can you get the new "Digital Perm"...
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This new "style free" Asahi has a "brand new style"...

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Even the cops have their own mascot...

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This bear in a pink speedo wants you to drink and drive a pink delivery truck...

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Feeding neighborhood cats & dogs fishbones, pebbles, or poop will make them cry...

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Snack time is always an adventure, especially the "floating" variety...

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Note: "Fresh beef hum on toasted bucket" is a NEW item...


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Walking the streets of Harajuku, KAWS spots an "original fake"...

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In the midst of one of the most advanced cities in the world, it's great to see a building like this. That plot of land is probably worth more than the entire state of New Jersey...

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Gotta love the classics. Vintage '70s Honda Civic hatchback. MINT condition...

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What we'll miss most about Japan?...

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As always, the full service toilet seats...

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