Tokyoshoes has become my own person reference site. In fact the word “blog” derives from weblog, literally a log of websites. The Google can’t help with things like “what is the name of that fabulous Japanese photographer girl who does these crazy self portraits.” (Well, actually that search returns one of her photos in #4 under images, but that’s not my point). Since I wrote about her I could easily find her name on my site. So that I can find them again, here is my list of the Japanese supermarkets in NYC near me:
- M2M (55 3rd Ave btwn 10th & 11th St) – a good selection of Japanese and Korean staples.
- Sunrise Mart (29 3rd Ave between 10th St & 2nd Ave) – a great place to pick up some Calpis.
- Jas Mart (35 St. Marks Place btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave) – Japanese food and beauty products.
I want the Hello Kitty credit card so much. The Bank of America website claims it is for: “Friends of Hello Kitty who want a rewards credit card.” With this offer you also receive a FREE* Exclusive Hello Kitty Business Card Holder!. They used to offer the Hello Kitty sequined change purse, which is totally more kawaii, but I’ll live.
Last weekend I saw Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan at the International Center of Photography (ICP).
By far my favorite were Tomoko Sawada’s series of Japanese school class photos in which she plays the role of every girl, piecing together her own self portraits.
I just uploaded my own self portraits on Flickr.
The show is on through September 7, 2008
ICP: 1133 6th Avenue at 43rd Street
Design Collaborations in Tokyo
an Exhibition of Photographs on and around Omotesando-dori
I will be having an exhibition of my photography at bite café in the East Village. The launch party is scheduled for Friday, June 6 @7pm.
Location: bite café
211 East 14th Street (2nd & 3rd) map
Date: June 6 thru July 31
Please come and introduce yourself!
I have been desperate to do an update on Tokyo street fashion. The look this season is all about the legs. Long gone are the bright colored outfits of the ganguro and while Lolita is still important it doesn’t influence mass fashion to the extent it once did. Outfits are quite bland, but from the knee down the action happens. Either bright colored stockings: hot pink, purple, yellow (as if they took a highlighter to their legs) or black thigh high socks with white, neon yellow, or neon pick patent leather shoes. Shoes include thorough scuffing.
On the other hand, it is the guys who have it this season. Think James Dean meets Sid Vicious: spiky hair, skinny jeans, studded belt, boots. Tragically hip and way too cool for school.
I am in Japan for a visit. It is 4 years, almost to the day, since I left after living here for 3 years. I covered a number of my very important to do’s:
- Sushi at Gonpachi
- Onsen (spa baths)
Took a visit to Koyasan (Mount Koya), famous for its temples and shrines. We stayed in a temple with monks, called Fukuchi in, tatami floors, no furniture except for a low table with a heater underneath, and one of those massage chairs. Vegetarian meals or “shojin ryori” were served in the room and included about 20 different dishes (who knew fiddlehead fern could be prepared in so many ways), many the consistency of raw egg white, others cubes of aspic shaped like lego, but most of which delicious. Breakfast was pretty much the same as dinner.
Tibet, “Rooftop of the World”, and perhaps one of the most difficult trips I’ve taken. I was overwhelmed, especially by the noises and the smells. In the end, no regrets as the scenery, monasteries, and people were beyond lovely.
All photos taken with a Nikon D80 that my wonderful parents gave me for my birthday.
Don’t go all crazy clicking around, if you start with the first photo, and go in order, it tells the story.
“If you are not in the photo,” my guide said, “how will anyone know you were actually there.”
Jokhang Temple, simply one of the loveliest places on earth. Everywhere the same color palette: bright orange and yellow, the garnet red of the monk’s robes, and rich blues, especially the sky. The first of the Four Nobel Truths in Buddhism is life is suffering. I can assure you I “suffered” on this trip in the form of awful food, shoddy accommodations, and bathrooms that can only be described as “character building.” The concept of clean was completely relative.
On a banquette covered with Tibetan rugs, camera perched on a prayer table, I reclined, set the timer to reduce camera shake and clicked. It would be hard to say I “suffered” for this shot.
Buddha referred to his teachings as the Middle Way. With this hand sign, I have never, so elegantly, been directed the way.
On my trip, I didn’t encounter one American. I did, however, meet the following:
-The British great grandson of Sir Charles Bell, Tibetan scholar and intimate friend of the 13th Dalai Lama. He’s overviewed in Lonely Planet.
-The Australian “challenge designer” of the Survivor series. They just finished filming Survivor China.
- A dozen or so Chinese tourists who asked to have their picture taken with me (aren’t they supposed to take photos with the locals?).