Friday, October 24, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
I finally caught up to blogger 21st century. Nothing to brag about but at least now, I can write my blog on trains or waiting rooms because all this road/track tripping is making it hard to sit at the laptop to update my trip. So...
The opening of my show in kagiya bldg in Hamamatsu went well. If you are familiar with Hamamatsu, then I think you get it... If you are not, let me tell you. It was a quiet evening with friends and soon to be friends. Family members I won't have a chance to see, conversation of secret spots and surf safaris to far away places and eccentric local loco artists and collectors. One thing I take away from this experience of Hamamatsu is, this is a small town of nice slow pace and extreme nerds life style with shops and restaurants. Japan is a culture that champions high technique and heart. its some thing I have known in my heart but couldn't really express in words until now.
We spent the evening in Naru, a hand made soba restaurant, run by Gori San, an ex NYC adventurer, hip hop soba master. All night long, the soba shop played classic late 80s to 90s beats. Super chill vibes and super great creative washoku and of choose, soba.
The next day was spent meeting anyone who came by to check out the art show, 4 floors up in a recycled old building housing artists and creatives of all types. The temperatures in Hamamatsu was hot and humid... Felt like the Singapore heat was following me, reminding me of a distant past in tropics, Okinawa. This trip has been a prelude to a trip I know has been long time coming.. But first...
In Tokyo for the week. Working on projects, having meetings and making future plans for okayama bus painting project with Kapital Denim and hopefully another trip in the near future for another exhibition and painting.
This past week saw the birthday of my wife, Asako. To celebrate, my mother who flew in from NY who just so happened to be in Tokyo and her pops, who drove in from 4 hours away in the mountains of nagano, had a very fine Japanese lunch talking about Nagano and future plans. after our lunch, we all parted with warm hearts, a beautiful memory and a new appreciation of family. I guess one never stops becoming the child and the other the parents but somewhere in age, we all get closer, parents get warmer and children get wiser. At least for me, it felt like this. We walked away feeling time slipping and memories and perspectives broadening. Never before have I felt a sense of fatherly responsibility for my son and a new determination to spend quality time and hopefully travel time. I believe one can learn alot about ones self by putting themselves in unfamiliar situations. Learn a lot more about their traveling companion as well.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
'midtide wind shifting backwash blues.' As we sat out on a beautiful tuesday morning, chilly, a bit like a warm autumn day, sittin off the jetty waiting for the sets. a few lumpy, some dumpy, staring out and out,
another sideshore wave.
perfect in the day's imperfections.
perfect in the way every person is perfect.
magic of the surf is really
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
all my days are a blur. Lots of meeting friends, painting and eating and commuting on train and web trolling with a good measure of Sarutahiko Coffee in Ebisu.
Days 2: prepping and late night line painting. running around town getting the wall ready for paintin'in'. If you've never come to Japan in the beginning of the year, you will never have the pleasure of specialty shops with select items, 'you want, right now', closed for extended holiday. plus a three day long weekend two weeks after the long break. whoever say japanese only work and work hard is right. but the japanese also party and break hard. Thanks to my friends, Hitozuki, I was able to get supplies enough to start. phew. friends in far away foreign countries are a Godsend. As a matter of fact, friends are a Godsend. Appreciate all who are our friends and allies in this life. In almost any situation, the perspective you choose is the difference between possibilities and un possibilities, your choice, of course.
Day 3. painting in the morning. Visiting the World Cup Stadium Final 2002 neighborhood, a futsol store with other independent brands of proper futbol gear. seriously. more painting and a real life japanese yokocho with a couple characters who claim to work for japanese army strategist. more painting and more commuting. Oh!
Nori and I were interviewed by On your Mark Magazine! Thank you, looking forward to it!
Day 4. paint supplies replenished!! new colors and fresh paint. lunch in ebisu garden delicatessen, gifting by Oakley Sunglasses, some chocolates and more painting.
Day 5 is art reception day!! painting in the juice bar and gonna go see Naomi Kazama in Kamakura Patagonia doing and spreading his good word of environmental stewardship!!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
I arrived yesterday, Jan 6, 2014. To my surprise, a TV show asked me what I was doing in Japan.
Funny they should ask. '.. why it just so happens that I am here to promote my new artshow in Jyugaoka at a gallery called Dig+Inner. It will be a 2 person show exhibiting the changing of old into new. The show title is ' Reflections and Scribble Roots'. The artists are, Roran Miyahira and Mike Ming. It runs from Jan 8-12 with reception on the 11th. I hope you can make it.'
'I am also invited to paint a Mural in Ebisu for my friends at Sunshine Juice. I designed their logo and now, will leave a nice image for their wall.'
'After that, I hope to have sometime to explore Kanda/Ueno and drop to Kanagawa for a day or so. I am quire excited about the trip. We ll see how it goes.'
They thanked me, I thanked them (I hope I did not leave my manners at the security search) and went on my way to set up art show.