Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
so far over breakfast on this trip my sketch book has met-
2 shi shi.
2 fudo myoo.
plus some skulls and script....
i never knew how fun breakfast was...
by the way .. id like to go ahead and thank the TTT doodz and damez for being such gracious hosts this time.. and thanks for letting me borrow all their tattoo stuff.. it really made traveling light easy this time.. normally pretty good at that .. but this time in particular i had lots of odds and ends to attend to . basically brought some underwear and a sketchbook...
... so thanks so much guys.. you fuckin still rule after all these years.. dont ever stop..
for those of you who dont know.. if you are ever in japan.. you gotta check out this shop... its really quite top notch.
what better way to start the vacation part of my vacation, than to enjoy a proper high ball.... .. not to mention that after i chugged this i proceeded to walk out side.. light a match ... and near burned off my mouth before i realized i had not yet put a cig in my mouth... anihow... ... so it goes... so it goes.....
Saturday, January 9, 2010
so i guess its time.. once again put off packing.. didnt sleep the night before. got to the airport way too early thanks to uncle tom. and fortunately got bumped up to business class thanks to the lovely lady at the united ticket counter.. .. at any rate.. didnt sleep much on the plane.. although it seemed the crew got enough for everyone on the plane anyhow. cheers fuckers!... hello to the booze tray and welcome to japan..
and then, as we landed.. the view was spectacular.. cutting through the dawn of a storm as the calming sun stained the landscape shades of gold and grey. there was a strange moment where there was a flawless transition.. from sea to rolling mountain which looked to drip up to the rain and then seamlessly cut to an angelic serene cloudscape which was a nice final contrast to the rest of the blue sky above.. .. pretty nice.. .. but what was even nicer was knowing that id soon be on familiar soil which often feels more like home than any other that i have known.
now.. being near first off the plane is always nice.. and being first in line at the customs counter is even nicer... but the best part of getting out of the airport was the pleasant surprise of my lu who was waiting for me.. i had told everyone not to pick me up at the airport and that i would meet up with them in the city .. but as it happens.. my lady was there anihow. .. so that made the ride into the city a bit nicer..
once in osaka lu headed back to work and i headed straight over to see the three tides doods and check my appointments for the week, which to my delight were exactly how i asked them to be.. light . and fun... so yeah.. moving on... sleep deprived and blessed with the natural high of delirium, i moseyed over to jojo and grabbed some black ..... which was nice and kept me going till what was perhaps the best dinner i have had in well over a year...... lulus family took me to a small and really quite brilliant sushi restaurant that they have been patronizing for the last 25 years... its out in sakai which is a suburb of osaka and is an edo period styled sushi joint.. a very simple place.. but clean and nice as can be... its decor was complimentary to the food in more ways that one.... the place was silent.. and the chef was stoic. and the vibe was a refreshing contrast to the madness that city life in japan can be.. i wont get too much into the food... as i fear i would not do it much justice with words.. . .. ill just say it was either the best or second best sushi i have ever had.. lots of obscure fish that may as well have been alive.. served one at a time in peices that were tiny and decadent. and every few min.. the chefs apprentice would bring out hor dourves such as chawammushi and soups and other nice lil treats which nicely broke up the dinner.... all in all it was a fantastic end to a day that was otherwise riddled with discomfort and delirium..... ill try to get some flix up .. but i guess i forgot my camera chord.. so ill borrow one tomorrow and hopfully get some fresh flix fer yer iez... cheers....