Jun 052010
 



 
By accident I walked into the Adidas Sala Festa 2010 at Samurai Blue Park area near the Yoyogi park. It was a rather lightly attended event and I stayed only for a short while watching the futsal game of Japan versus Brazil. I am not sure it was really an official futsal event or just a marketing ploy to raise awareness of the upcoming soccer world cup. Because as I left the Sala Festa 2010 the Japanese team was 3:1 ahead of the Brazilian team…

A reserve player stretches at the Japan-Brazil futsal game.
A reserve player stretches at the Japan-Brazil futsal game.
A friendly confrontation between two opposing players at the Adidas Sala Festa 2010.
A friendly confrontation between two opposing players at the Adidas Sala Festa 2010.
A Japanese futsal player prepares his attack on the Brazilian goal.
A Japanese futsal player prepares his attack on the Brazilian goal.
The Japanese players takes a shot at the Brazilian goal at the Adidas Sala Festa 2010...
The Japanese players takes a shot at the Brazilian goal at the Adidas Sala Festa 2010...
...and scores the 3-1!
...and scores the 3-1!
Aftermath of the successful goal.
Aftermath of the successful goal.
 Posted by at 17:58
Jun 032010
 



 
Just a quick snapshot of two mannequins I saw at the Gain Select Shop in Shibuya. They wear rather laid back and comfortable Japanese street fashion including a t-shirt with a very sleepy Hello Kitty clone. The gray shirt depicts Peko-chan (ペコちゃん), the mascot of Fujiya’s Milky candy, with the superimposed text “Less than 3 seconds are allright”.

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Jun 032010
 



 
The soccer world cup 2010 looms and the current offerings in canine fashion reflect this. The popular Pet Paradise dogwear store on the Takeshita-dōri in Harajuku has the full uniform of the Japanese national soccer team for sale, including a curly “Samurai Blue” wig and a matching jersey. So if you need to dress up your dog before watching the games or going to public viewing events, this is the place where you get this essential apparel.

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Jun 032010
 



 
Today, when I walked from Yoyogi to Harajuku, I did not go by my usual route along the Meiiji-dōri. Instead, I turned slightly west and into the part of the Yoyogi park with the Meiji-jingū. So I went down the Kita-sandō and Minami-sandō and walked by several large torii of the Meiji shrine, the largest one I show here. It stands at the entrance to the inner precinct with the actual shrine and treasure museum. Note the Imperial Seals of Japan (the golden chrysanthemum) on the gate.

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Jun 022010
 



 
Another example of the usage of stuffed animals that stores display to attract customers. This one was seen on the Sun Road in Kichijōji in front of a drugstore for traditional Asian medicince (I think). The panda holds a sign for some kind of bamboo extract with various health benefits. As many sick people in Japan do, it is also wearing a face mask lest it infects other people/pandas.

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Jun 012010
 



 
Many stores on the first floor are closed by rolling down a shutter. On these shutter are often the name and other details of the shop printed, as well as elaborate paintings sometimes. Here a new shop shutter is being painted by two young people. As you can see, they use large printouts to draw the lines and get the letters and numbers as accurate as possible. Nothing is left to chance in Japan!

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May 292010
 

When my friend Nekoi of Psydoll informed me that her band was playing this Saturday at a small venue in Shinjuku, I didn’t need asked twice. The underground rock club Urga was celebrating its 10th anniversary and for about six weeks tons of live acts were performing there almost every evening. Psydoll and some bands they are friends with were among them.

When I arrived the the band Neurotic Doll was already playing. Their music style was quite unique — a blend of industrial and what I call “death metal”. Very unusual for Japan.

Guitar player Tak of Neurotic Doll.
Guitar player Tak of Neurotic Doll.
"Neu!-r-v-verderber" and Tak of Neurotic Doll performing.
"Neu!-r-v-verderber" and Tak of Neurotic Doll performing.
"Neu!-r-v-verderber" and Tak of Neurotic Doll performing in red backlight.
"Neu!-r-v-verderber" and Tak of Neurotic Doll performing in red backlight.
Tak of Neurotic Doll playing guitars.
Tak of Neurotic Doll playing guitars.
The singer "Neu!-r-v-verderber" of Neurotic Doll performing.
The singer "Neu!-r-v-verderber" of Neurotic Doll performing.
"Neu!-r-v-verderber" and Tak of Neurotic Doll at the Urga club.
"Neu!-r-v-verderber" and Tak of Neurotic Doll at the Urga club.

 

Next came Psydoll. They were playing a number of classics and some stuff from their latest release 10spyglasses. As always the performance was energetic, loud and very powerful. Unfortunately, they did only play about 30 minutes, but I managed to get a couple of nice pictures.

Ucchi of Psydoll playing guitars with Nekoi in the background.
Ucchi of Psydoll playing guitars with Nekoi in the background.
Nekoi Psydoll singing with Ucchi in the back.
Nekoi Psydoll singing with Ucchi in the back.
Uenoyama/Loveless of Psydoll playing the Theremin.
Uenoyama/Loveless of Psydoll playing the Theremin.
Another shot of the Theremin player Uenoyama/Loveless of Psydoll.
Another shot of the Theremin player Uenoyama/Loveless of Psydoll.
The Japanese cyberpunk industrial band Psydoll: Uenoyama/Loveless, Nekoi, Ucchi.
The Japanese cyberpunk industrial band Psydoll: Uenoyama/Loveless, Nekoi, Ucchi.
Another shot of Nekoi and her band Psydoll playing at Urga.
Another shot of Nekoi and her band Psydoll playing at Urga.
The singer Nekoi Psydoll raising her hand.
The singer Nekoi Psydoll raising her hand.
Nekoi of Psydoll singing.
Nekoi of Psydoll singing.
Nekoi Psydoll at the mike while carrying her keytar.
Nekoi Psydoll at the mike while carrying her keytar.
Guitarist Ucchi of Psydoll clad in black leather.
Guitarist Ucchi of Psydoll clad in black leather.
Nekoi Psydoll with percussionist Uenoyama/Loveless in the background.
Nekoi Psydoll with percussionist Uenoyama/Loveless in the background.
A stylish Japanese girl with glow-in-the-dark cat's ears I photographed in the break between the performances.
A stylish Japanese girl with glow-in-the-dark cat's ears I photographed in the break between the performances.

 

The last band for the evening was C.H.C.system. The music were not really my cup of tea and visually the performance was not that exciting — just a couple of guys behind their keyboards and turntables with very little singing or movements.

Seki of C.H.C.system in a rare moment of singing.
Seki of C.H.C.system in a rare moment of singing.
Else Seki of C.H.C.system was mostly just standing behind his synths.
Else Seki of C.H.C.system was mostly just standing behind his synths.
The C.H.C.system line-up at the evening consisting of Seki, Joe and Kawahara.
The C.H.C.system line-up at the evening consisting of Seki, Joe and Kawahara.
C.H.C.system's bass player Joe.
C.H.C.system's bass player Joe.
Kawahara of C.H.C.system adjusting his headphones.
Kawahara of C.H.C.system adjusting his headphones.
Kawahara of C.H.C.system working his magic.
Kawahara of C.H.C.system working his magic.
 Posted by at 23:33