Tuesday, July 29, 2008
i have seen a fare share of anime movies and shows so it was so cool to hear all the sounds and see all the sights that they always have in these animes like the electric towers and wires everywhere, crows, the train signal bell when you ride by it, clouds (clouds here are off the hook!) etc....
this woman is like a human tanuki (the japanese racoon guy i drew). it looks like she got a double fisted punch from a robot.
this is for those of you who like japanese school girls, she even has some little puppy dog stuffed toy and straight bangs.
there was some promomotion for something going on outside of kyoto station. at first i thought maybe its for disney land because maybe that guy is supposed to be goofy and there is snow white but then i was like i dont remember there being a hasidic jewish disney character and a bunch of other weirdos
most of the taxi's here look pretty nice and have those interesting looking side mirrors mounted on the hood. they are always clean and have automatic doors. the japanese really take pride in quality and cleanliness. the downside is its so expensive. it costs $45 to take a cab from shibuya to the hotel in kanda! ouchy.
i was on my own on this day and was faced with the task of navigating not only the subway but the JR lines and the buses and crap. I made it alive. the subway is more complicated than NYC but at least there was no construction or service changes or homeless people or crazies.
after kyoto i went to "America mura". it's a cool area that all the young folks go to and everyone is all crazy styled out.
i am a huge miyazaki fan, i have all his movies. so it was painful when ponyo came out this day and i couldn't go watch it because there would be no english subtitles. I really want to see the movie next to it by the guy that did paprika. like always i will probably have to wait a year for it to be released in america......but wait.......i live in china now! maybe i can just go buy it tommmorow on the street!
all the dirty mags were wrapped in plastic or taped shut. How's a guy supposed to know what he's getting into?
while i was waiting for jonny to come from the subway i drank one of these outside of the convenience store. later he told me that its actually not beer its "hop oshu". i guess they tax beer differently in japan so all the beer companies made this stuff where they changed a couple ingredients so its technically not beer anymore. tastes like beer pretty much though.
this a rare tanuki find. i forgot to buy a tanuki statue. i also got a hanshin tigers sweatband and lost it on the train when i fell asleep and had to get off real quick.
these girls and their umbrellas. a lot of them wear these armlet things too.
here is an attractive young lady, looks like i caught her in chicken arm mode. also that hamberg poster behind her is from some chain restaurant and i wanted to eat it so bad but never got the chance. Now on to more hot women below
i know some people would prefer the previous gal, but this is my kind of woman here! it looked like she was sleeping on the glass.
i told this guy to cheer up but he didn't hear me because he was 20 feet away.
this is one of the big areas of osaka.
everyone always takes pics infront of this glico man guy
japanese style example number 5000
a lazy eyed dragon
these are posters for host bars. bars where girls come and pay tons of money on drinks and stuff to hang out with these guys. i saw a documentary "tales of an osaka love thief" that was about host bars in osaka and it was sups good. i gave it a 9 on imdb. anyway these guys make mad money. some make $50,000 a night. i think champange bottles were like $10,000 - $50,000 or something crazy like that
soemon cho is the redlight district. there were lots of filipinas at night hanging around on the corners and also old grandma and mom types that try to get you to try the services of their younger employees. also tons of guys clapping at you and stuff trying to get you to come look at books filled with pictures of their girls.
found this at the art store.
elevator attendant, she actually doesnt do anything. her job is to just look cute which she is doing a pretty good job at
i finally went to a paper store to get some amazing patterned paper. ill post that up some other time
maybe you wonder why i take some many pics of people or funny looking people. i'm an illustrator and thats what i like to draw. i will start working on a little project of my own of all these funny looking people i've taken photos of.
i thought this yakki nikku restaurants mascot moon guy was so cool.
the draft beer in this country is amazing. it actually tastes like golden crisp beer and not donkey p!ss. there is always thick creamy foam too. my hats off to japan once again.
dragon scale looking cooking gas valve built into the table
sometimes i talk to kids and they usually dont talk back to me. i wouldn't either if i was them, i probably look like a mongolian ogre to them.
if you're a beer lover how awesome is this?
that last can is like 2 sips!
we went to the boat races real quick cuz its by johnny's house. these guys are all betting.
there were like 4 different kinds of horse racing games in this arcade at least.
i f'ing love mario kart so i was tickled pink to find "super mario kart 2".
then onto karaoke. i have to say that they really know what they're doing in Japan. it is the birthplace of it and they do it the best. they're song selection far surpassed anything i've ever seen. they even had one D'angelo song!
they even have a little lcd screen on the actually machine too and actually sanitize the mics!
a squatter toilet but made even better by the japanese. So how i have been lucky enough to not have to use a squatter for the last 6 weeks in china but it was inevitable that my luck would run out eventually so i had to use this one.
Posted byJason Raish at 4:58 AM