Friday, December 7, 2007

The Shirts Haircut Live video..

For some reason this video has gotten heaps of hits..

Yoshino feat. Basak..

Basak's debut at Andzone a couple of weeks back, singing for uber cooldude Yoshino, and also with Herman on the drum thingy.. >_<

Famous people buyin bootlegs..

Airs is a bootleg shop in Nishi Shinjuku, a 'must go to' for any serious music fan. From the pics that cover the walls throughout the store you can guess that some people may even end up buying their own work!

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Hachiko cat..

Work this one out..

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The Shirts new pic!

Deguchi-san used to say that if we put gold on our album cover it would be good luck, he woulda loved this shot...

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Shogi or Go..

..or MAHJONG!!! Hehe, it's Mahjong, you're right, I'm a dummy >_<

NHK parklife..

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Heart Street..

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Modular Living..

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Trains going by..

Shimokitazawa is a great little place, except when you have to wait for 7 tains to go past before you can cross the lines.. >_<

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Funniest english

This is from 2000, and was my favorite part of Sanma no Karakuri Terebi back then. It was also just about the only thing I understood!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Golfish Bloke revisited

Walking around Harakjuku this afternoon and, well I just couldn't miss an opportunity to give old きんぎょうさま (kingyou samma) a bit of good old fashioned brog rub!

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The Shirts debut live..

The Shirts, live at Heavens Door, Sangenjaya Tokyo, November 3 2007. This was the first song 'Trains going by'. See other Shirts videos here.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

OSX

Installed Leopard, sweet new bells and whistles, and it looks sooo good..

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Jinnai Tomonori..

..is a comedian on a show called "Enta no Kamisama" (the gods of entertainment). He's the guy that does the presentation style sketches, really funny stuff. He's also married to the very desirable Fujiwara Norika! Here's another favorite (with subs):

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Keitai photography

I love the way my phone captures explosions of light. Needless to say, Shibuya is full of them..

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Shoto #504

Home, for another 6 months..

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Advertising in Tokyo..

.. is an artform unto itself. Take this 'back of a semi-trailer' full scale model of two well known TV talento sitting at a table discussing the new Toshiba note PC..

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Park Life: Stairs

The stairs leading up to the bridge that connects the two parts of Yoyogi park..

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お宅 (Otaku) Photography #2

..next verse, same as the first..

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

もりざえもん

Morizaemon posts great youtube vids of Japanese comedy shows with subtitles. This dudes sketches are particularly funny..



Friday, November 9, 2007

Prevention

At the Shibuya festival last week, an interesting take. Just in case you didn't know what you were looking for..

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お宅 (Otaku) Photography

Every weekend on koen dori, loads of wanna-be idols line the streets and footpaths to perform. Otaku (nerdy JP guys) take advantage of this opportunity by crowding around them and filling their memory cards with.. memories??

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Bad Gaijin

This is a term that Japanese people use towards foreigners in Japan when they behave disrespectfully. If there was ever a need to give an example of this term, I would show this video. I can't imagine Japanese getting away with this in a western country..

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Daiki Kameda: episode 3

Last Friday the media went mad once again over the shamed boxer. Daiki, his trainer and his brother attended a press conference in which they publicy apologised for their errant behaviour in the recent title fight, and also announced their father's retirement from the sport (he had been banned for life anyway..). These pictures were taken by Andy McGovern at the press conference before the fateful bout.

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Seated at the press conference is the Japan Boxing Commissioner Yasukochi, Kameda, and his trainer Kaneishi.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

笑う犬の冒険 Warau Inu no Bōken

Hilarious show.. Funniest thing I've seen on Japanese Tv ever!

Halloween in Tokyo..

..happens but once a year but they manage to stretch it out for longer than they do Christmas! This was taken at LUNCHTIME on Sunday, and this guy's actual day job is being spiderman..

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Park Life: Dog Bloke

The dachshund bloke was wandering around in the park on Sunday, him and his 9 little friends.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

いきものがかり and Tak!

Ikimono Gakari is a bit of a shooting star here at the moment, she's on a massive nation wide tour and has a lucrative tie in with AU for her new single. I probably wouldn't know her from a bar of soap but for the fact that my buddy (and sometime Shirts drummer) Tak is drumming for her on her tour. Tak had a break between TV show tapings yesterday and came over and programmed some drums for the upcoming Shirts shows, and at some stage showed me this youtube vid that they had taped for some music TV show last Monday.



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Nova RIP

Nova has officially filed for bankrupcy. Needless to say there are many disgruntled students that forked out thousands for lessons that will not be taught. As teachers many years ago, we used to hate how the staff were trained to sell people dreams that weren't generally attainable ie. english conversation proficiency, they would easily slip into sociopath sales mode and put some unemployed dilbert into debt to get their precious branch numbers up. Not all staff were that blatantly heartless, just most... Around 4,400 english teachers have also found themselves unemployed and unpaid. There's a great (unfortunately unembeddable) NHK news item from yesterday here, and of all the crappy anti-Nova blog art being posted on Let's Japan etc. the only mildly humourous (and barely postworthy) were these:

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Cool Buildings #3

Some new building under construction in Nishi Shinjuku, interesting enough..

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tenori-on

Wow! Uum, if anyone needs me, I'll be down at the Yamaha store.. >_<

If the youtube clip aint enough, check out what Jim O'rourke does with it..

Nova

Like so many others, I came to Japan to work as an english conversation instructor for what was then the biggest employer of foreign nationals in Japan, Nova. There were evident dodgy business practices, and daily frustrations with administration, but for my 2.5 years that I worked there, I learned a lot and had a great time. Seems that the bubble has really burst for them now, even my old school has closed.. :(

This video was from a month or two ago but the most recent rumblings have included: sudden school closures nationwide, the co-founder and highest level foreigner resigning, the losing of ALT dispatch contracts, teachers salaries being withheld and in some cases, rent not being paid on their apartments to the point where they are being evicted etc etc..

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

It's a girl!

Baby Molly was born into this world yesterday morning, and what a cute little baby girl she is! Congratulations to Craig and Tanya..

かわいいねー!

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Round 2.. (亀田 大毅 Kameda Daiki)

'Daiki drama' continued yesterday when the disgraced boxer appeared at a press conference, supposedly held to enable his public apology. With his head shaved and missing his trademark dark glasses, he didn't actually say anything, but merely sat with head bowed for the short time he was in attendance. All of a sudden he appeared to have passed out, and was quickly helped to his feet (by his a couple of his minions) and led away to the kind of paparazzi flash explosions that only a Britney or a Lindsay could truly love.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

亀田 大毅 Kameda Daiki

Daiki Kameda is a Japanese professional boxer in the flyweight division. On October 11 2007, Kameda lost to Daisuke Naito, the reigning WBC flyweight champion. Despite making comments before the match that he will commit seppuku if he lost, his manager has confirmed that he will not. Towards the end of the bout, much to everyones surprise, he suddenly picked up opponent. This unusual act earnt him a suspension by the Japan Boxing Commission for one year and has fuelled a media frenzy which has seen virtually every major Japanese network constantly both replaying the act, and discussing it at length. Kameda has made it his custom to sing a song for the audience after each of his victories, needless to say, he didn't sing after this one..

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This photo is by my buddy Andrew McGovern, who was shooting the fight. Check out more of his work here.



This is officially the most time consuming post I have ever made.. >_<

Saturday, October 13, 2007

qualia: debut live video

Qualia performed their first show last Sunday evening at Shimokitazawa Garage. Also featured: Dan, Super Samir, Deguchi-san, The Shirts, Richard (the French) and the crazy toy piano guy..

Thursday, October 11, 2007

ドンキホーテ

This is a picture of Donkihote in Shibuya, kinda..

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Blowin snow..

Basak had some fun at the Hokkaido festival, blowin da snow!

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Monday, October 8, 2007

Shooting shiny shoes..

There was a shoe store opening party in Harajuku on Friday night. Paparazzi everywhere!

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It was the SHIRTS.. >_<

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白バイ action..

Am I obsessed?

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Oombahweed

Once upon a time, there was a little band called Oombahweed...

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

沢尻エリカ Sawajiri Erika

Sawajiri is regarded as a notorious actress in Japan. At the press conference for her new film Closed Note, she looked pretty darn unhappy. When reporters asked her questions, she barely responded. She is called "the Queen" and "Erika-sama" because she is infamous for her selfish behavior. Most of the Japanese media treated her impolite and arrogant manner as top news!

Rubbish!

The garbos in Shibuya wear hazmat suits, kinda..

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Geelong 2007

After 44 years, Geelong finally won another premiership. We watched it all go down on the (blurry) screens at Quest and Paddy Foley's in Roppongi. Carn a cats!

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The Shirts 2

First unofficial group photo of The Shirts..

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Fanksgiveing

Is this not a perfect example of using ones own 'voice' in writing?

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Another Koen Dori weirdo

nuff said..

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Shoto #504

This is how I say goodbye every morning..

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The Shirts

A combination post, police/shirts stylee! What I didn't get was the Nigerian guy they were arresting. Good times..

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Shiny Shoes..



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Friday, September 28, 2007

The scary world in which we live..

Kenji Nagai, 50, a journalist on contract with APF News, was killed in Myanmar on Thursday while covering the public protests against Myanmar's junta. This video footage is chilling..

警察

Keisatsu (police) are usually pretty busy round Shibuya way..

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Mum n Me..

Love this photo. Happy (belated) Birthday Mum.. xoxoxooxoxxoxo

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

John Spich

Creative writing..

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Shibuya Matsuri

Some scenes from down the hill from today's matsuri, mikoshi everywhere!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

All good things..

Dan goes to NYC today. Cheers matey, it was one hell of a ride...

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