Harajuku Hoedown

Another look at Harajuku and Ginza, and some upskirt photos!

the shirt says up up down down left right left right B A like those video game code tshirts in the US but in japanese

another pic of these girls waiting in line for something. There is no store in front of them, what could it be?

guy leading a small group of them down a side street. all to buy.................

these. Johnnies. singer idol superstars.

can you believe it?

rainbow ewok

a store called "Fancy Pocket" or fahn-shi po-ke-to off of takeshita dori.

Ginza station

やっと!アップスカート写真をとった! Finally I got my upskirt photos!

what is that guy doing.............ooh no he is not..

yes he is. don't look Marie, its disgusting.

yea well i got Hello Bear too hahah! or whatever its name is.

Toy Park is a toy store in Ginza. on the top floor they have this race track where you can race cars for 200 yen. its pretty long too like 5 minutes. The guy basically puts cars back on the track that fly off around the corners all day long.

Yamaha building in ginza

bought these postcards made out of real wood and a key chain that plays the Ebisu station chime so years from now i can play it and remember all those super awesome times i had at my home stop, ebisu.

Life After School

I am free from the binds of 1 year of Japanese school everyday. That frees up a good 5 hours of free time. I have Two months left in Japan. A new period in the life of Jason has started.

following my try lots of new stuff policy i got these from the freezer section of the store. they are aji fry aka breaded horse mackerel. just like anything friend you cant really go wrong.

my society of illustrators members certificate that doesn't really mean anything.

Diana gave me these 2 books in NY. Dave Cooper's new art book Bent, and Mouk by Marc Boutavant. I have Dave Cooper's first book and met him in NY and he signed it.

I like the Japanese version of a theif. they always have a hankerchief tied around their nose and steal panties. They are my heroes.

do they turn mushrooms upside down to harvest the juices in america? i don't know because i hate mushrooms.

medicine in asia doesn't work. why did i even try. its like glorified asprin. the guy at the pharmacy said this works well as a SET and that i would get better FAST. didn't happen. it cost $30 too.

a ball of collagen. This was a bonus addidtion to our nabe pot. a gross thought and i just tried to not think about how this was melted into everything in that pot.

I went to this old and famous washi store Isetatsu in yanaka. They make Edo-style chiyogami. Chiyogami is originally form Kyoto and they enlisted ukiyo-e artists to make designs. One of Isetatsu's designs was made by Hiroshige. Van Gogh used an Isetatsu design in the background of one of his paintings. These are supposed to be for more practical purposes like wrapping paper.

most stuff was around 126 yen. the big black paper below was 800 yen though

i bought this. awesomeness. you'll see these in my work eventually

bought these too.

finally bought an Inu Hariko. they're always so expensive. this was 2,600 yen.

the shop info. that sticker is their name Itsetatsu. even the paper they wrap everything up in is cool.

I didn't know there was a Tokyo Riding Club on the west side of yoyogi park

and i happened upon this awesome kids park with tree houses, swings, camp fires, club houses, voice tubes, and water tubs.

For a kids this place has gotta be awesome. It's like the treehouse that you always wanted but never built. Could this exist in america? probably building and safety codes wouldn't let this happen.

mother and daughter using the voice tube system that was strewn about the park. you talk in one end and can listen on the other end

how awesome is this park? they even have a camp fire log stool set up where awesome ghost stories are told in the summer time and marshmallows are roasted. It's like an amazing oasis for kids in the middle of tokyo.

how awesome will these giant tubs be when they're filled up with water in the summer time?

Kabuki cho host land. the most rediculouse thing i've seen in Kabuki-cho so far. 3 hosts walking 3 huge manicured poodles or something. I wish i got a front shot so bad.

helped Ai move into her new apartment close to my old school. electric pole made up of 5 pictures.

I know Agnes from friends in NY. She is half japanese and half something. she's from Kobe but went to American school there so i met her and her american school friends while she was visiting Japan. She went to NYU and lives in NY. She was once on the Sartorialist website:

and here she is all sleepy and tuckered out. See you in Ny again someday Agnes.

New Year's Illustration Mix

this is from december. a spread for the Chicago Tribune about holiday workouts.

the following are reworked illos for my children's portfolio. any comments welcome. my problem is i always make things too extreme or grotesque or detailed or etc... for children's work so i need to know what i'm doing wrong. You can see the whole shebang here: http://www.jasonraish.com/childrensbook.html

i had the cover and a feature in the December issue of W.E.B. magazine in Korea. Yoon actually saw this at the store. that's kind of cool

I have an interview in this months Advanced Photoshop magazine from the UK. well at least it's on sale now in the US. http://www.advancedphotoshop.co.uk/
My old buddy Al Powell saw this at the store in NY. kind of cool

I have a feature in this months Computer Arts from the UK. don't know when its on sale in the US though. http://www.computerarts.co.uk/ no one saw this yet cuz it's probably not for sale in NY yet