Feb Funky Town

Great post title right? F-u, try coming up with 10 original febuary related post titles every year. Ok lets dive in!

So from time to time i have to take reference shots to use when i draw. this was for a golf illustration. if someone were to happen into my room when i am doing these reference shot photo shoots they would be freaked out. to someone who doesn't know it would just look like me dancing around and taking pics for some weird japanese fetish site.

4 guys filling the vending machines. in the US this is a one man job. but in the defense of the Japanese they probably found some superior and more awesome way to fill vending machines.

the Louis Vitton bags of the Korean girls in our class. they are Korean and not Chinese so i am guessing that these are real.

Final Fantasy Elixir at the conbini. if i was in 9th grade again i would be all over this, gaining 10 HP per gulp all over this mother lover.

Takashimaya in Shinjuku. this thing is huuuuuuge. it looks like its from a futuristic terry gillam movie. and by that i pretty much mean "Brazil"

Yae Jin from our class and Marco. she is super shy and the action of me taking this picture almost killed her

my roomate Naoki on the left

Vivi, Ayako, and Hikari explaining some egg skin girly thing to Yae Jin, only with a lot of gusto so they were scaring the super shy Yae Jin from my class.

I love getting stuff like this in the mail from city hall about things i have no idea about. its important though.

Vivi and Ayako from FIT and the girl on the right was a cheerleader for the Indiana Pacers NBA basketball team. crazy

street in Nishi Eifuku. it looks like so eerie right? this perfect utopian street at night.

magazine section of a convenience store. lots of soft skin mags

michael is everywhere

i see this BNE sticker everywhere. i wish they had made something nicer to look at

at "The Room" in shibuya. i met this guy and he happened to be the owner. how awesome does he look? he's like the Japanese prince paul. he even dj'd for a lil bit and was playing some nice beats.

wats up with this phone booth across the street from "the room". color not edited at all.

February Fun

you might say geez jason it looks like you have been having nothing but fun these days; and you would be right! There is a horrible imbalance in the fun-not fun scale right now so i bet i'm gonna have to pay the piper soon. Here is some more feb fun time. Lots of awesomeness in this post.

feb 14th, Chinese new year in Yokohama. Chinatown in Yokohama is like China through Japanese tinted glasses. It's the worst Chinatown i've been to. its super clean, cheap food is nowhere to be found. whats wrong with super clean jason? well you're just kidding yourself if you think chinatowns are clean. After living in China i guess i will look at chinatowns differently.

everything looks like it got the disneyland treatment.

this guy stopped us in our tracks. this filthy dirty white panda with crazy milky eye lifting the lid off a bun steamer is not very appetizing.

I read that Yokohama's chinatown is mostly guangzhou people (from the south, the cantonese speakers, steamed pork bun eaters). they were serving sharks fin everything all over the place.

the poor kids in japan don't get grass.

300 yen ($3.33) for a pork bun?!!! i oughtta chain you to a post with the rest of the pandas. it was 500-250 yen for a pork bun all over the place.

goldfish earrings. i don't think he was selling anything. well except for crazy, and he is owning that.

marco and one of those rediculously small minis

a crappy chinese crap store. whats with this guy? it looks like he just got punched in the nuts. also notice the coins. there was a pile of coins under him too, people will throw coins at anything. it was in a store and obviously not a place of worship but still they insist.

the treatment of pandas in Japan is absolutely appauling. this cage is obviously too small jerks.

there were many others in the back suffocating trying to escape from their plastic enclosures.

chained up. disgusting. forget about saving the whales, we need to save the pandas of Yokohama.

waiting for the lion dance team to make their way to the next store.

i'm glad i'm not doing this in flushing chinatown for 6 hrs like i usually do in New York for my Kung Fu school.

some thing jutting off the side of yokohama designed by a spanish guy. probably nice in the summer. it would also be a skaters heaven but it looks all skate stopped up.

what is this a poster for. its disgusting and freaks me out

burger deats. i'm gonna use this in an insult somehow next time there is a girl i hate with an unsatisfactory/unattractive chest area.

whats this new beer i found? unless they unearthed a case from basement storage from the 70s.

Melissa and ET visiting from Beijing. ET is probably literally crazy.

we met this guy. ET said im ET, he said no way my name is EQ. he was pretty drunk and crazy and fun.

im torn between wanting to poke their eyes out or being their friend

this has to be the most amazing thing i have seen in like the last 3 months. You have heard about how advanced and crazy the technology is in Japan. well here it is first hand. you Neanderthals are probably still carrying 4 babies simultaneously in some kind of leather papoose thing. ever heard of the wheel guy? you could be pushing your 4 kids around in a pink mini insane asylum cage on wheels. Japan has the US beat in the multiple child transportation field again.

seriously how awesome is this?

Sayonara Mi Young

Sayonara Mi Young week. Mi Young was my classmate for a month she was part of our 3 man fun time group. With Mi Young, a female, we three were fun cool friendly partiers. Now without Mi Young it's just me and Marco and we are 2 scary dirty foreign guys that repel women like mice in a room full of elephants.

me wearing the giant grape fruit that Mi Young's sister gave me for my birthday. you know its big when it can fit on my humongous head

cushion at a yakkitori restaurant in roppongi. hey im an artist so you're gonna have to put up with art related pics from time to time if you're reading this blog.

Ai is running a 10K marathon so she wanted to train. I run 7K a couple times a week so I said i would run with her. We ran the course around the imperial palace. its 5K once around so we did it twice. I was surprisingly easy for me except for my knees were hurtin. it was cool to run around where the Emperor of Japan lives

Ai looked like the japanese female Marty McFly from back to the future.

there are tons of various messenger boy scooter guys all over the place. they zoom around all dangerously. I have turned into a little pansy now since i have been hit by a car.

1 of 2 Sayonara Mi Young party nights. this is at a yakkitori place in omoide yokocho in shinjuku. its a cool area.

there is this system of alleys behind the restaurants and they all share a bathroom area at the end of this alley. it reminds me of china kind of.

The 3rd time i've had to use one of these squater toilets in japan, behind the omoide yokocho restaurants. As an added bonus i have given you a first person point of view shot because i value the readers of this blog so much. maybe this is TMI for you but hahahah to late your eyeballs already have this image burned into them! ahahahahah

at Alps in Shinjuku with 150 yen beer

Vivia and my chinese classmate

have been experimenting with these little drinks that are supposed to make you not have a hang over and feel better and other magical stuff. its a great way to make money, sell people crap like this that they think might work. still waiting for the juries verdict but so far i feel like they might work, see they already got me.

all you can eat kushiage restaurant in shinjuku. you batter and fry little bits of meat, fish, veggies, etc... and fry them yourself in this little deep fat fryer in the middle of the table. it was pretty cool. but when will i learn my lesson about all you can eat places? im not 16 yrs old anymore and cant eat 7 dinners at once. We also got the all you can drink plan too. to anyone out there learn from our mistake. all you can eat and all you can drink at the same time is not a good idea so if you have a choice do one or the other, your stomach is only so big and there's always a time limit!

at a Purikura place in shinjuku. purikura are these photobooth things. examples below. above is a "Gyaru" probably supposed to be something like "Gal". anyway this specimen has the signature gross gyaru hair.

after taking the photos you then go to another booth and draw all over them pictures digitally and choose they layout ect... Vivi was like a pro. touching all over the touch screen applying cute crap all over the place with her magic jappy wand.

the lighting in the photo booth blasted you from all sides and the result is that every man looks like boyband idol. look at Marco. he looks like such a maricón

Sayonara Mi Young we will miss you!