Monday, April 27, 2009

Hells Bar..

Last weekend Sangenjaya's Hells Bar bar had one of the best parties I've been to in a long time. It was the official launch party of new event Cafe Kitsch, as well as the birthday celebration of Tokyo's very own resident Spyderman, and despite them not being able to turn up their bass bins (a residential thing), and the star dj not showing up (a night before thing), this little place kicked and sparkled in fine style.

The bar staff were going as hard as anyone there, and that's saying something..

The unisex toilet certainly gave credibility to the kitsch factor, with that big old vinyl sofa and an old school beatbox playing Bob Marley on entry..

Elmo was an early casualty..

And here's Jonny!

Finally, for those in need of a little bedtime story, a promo vid that Jonny put together..

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Boys (and Girls) and their bikes: Mongoose edition..

I spent some time on BMX bikes back in the day, I even recently bought and tricked out a Durcus One in an effort to reconnect with those days, but after meeting these guys I realized I wasn't even close. Dude-san's bike is an early 80's mongoose, completely decked out with vintage parts (sans the headstem), and he rides it as proudly as a 12 year old in the semi-finals at the Aussie titles. The girl was riding a much more contemporary model, which had been given to her by the bloke. Awesome..

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Somewhere somebodies daughter.. 12

Is being teased by her friend, while being interviewed. Danny could be right, a credible looking press pass can practically afford you a conversation with just about anyone..

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cats hanging at the park..

Wascha may be an ordinary house cat through the week, but on the weekends that all changes: that's when his loving owners take him to the park to hang out. Actually this was only Wascha's fourth time to Yoyogi, and I have to admit that he still didn't look all that impressed with the whole thing, but he was sooo cute..

Other cats were hanging out at the park too..

Monday, April 20, 2009

Kyuu Yamate and 246: The trap..

This intersection is a bit of a trap for motorists heading into (or through) Shibuya as bike cops often sit there waiting for motorists to go through a stop sign before pouncing, and on this sleepy Sunday afternoon it also became somewhat of a hazard to one cyclists health. While walking to Daikainyama we chanced upon the aftermath of an accident between a bike and a car, all were fine, but for a bent up bike seat and an obviously rattled salaryman's composure..

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Kabukicho by day..

Kabukicho has a (well deserved) reputation for being an epicentre of vice, but by day, you can almost see a different side of the infamous Shinjuku suburb.

From the numerous hotels..

To the establishments of a more dubious nature..

To what seems like your average street scenes from a regular neighborhood, a walk around Kabukicho during the day leaves you with the realization that this place is anything but ordinary..

Thursday, April 16, 2009

More trains going by..

Shinsen station, Maruyamacho, Shibuya. The Inokashira line takes you to such wonderful places as Shimokitazawa and Kichijoji, and through the tunnel is about a 45 second ride to Shibuya station..

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Yoyogi Park: Party on..

Another sunny Tokyo weekend, and that meant another Saturday in Yoyogi park with friends, guitars, and of course beer. It seems that a lot of other people had a similar idea so once again the park was full of life, every which way you looked.

Most people were soaking up what was left of the hanami vibe that's been so great these past couple of weeks..

These guys took circle work to a whole new level, from early afternoon they blissfully circle-danced for hours..

Some people took to the trees..

While others made the most of their talents by entertaining friends..

Wine-bloke came and played us a tune..

And finally we took the time to grab a bite on the way out, it had been a very big day..