Monday, June 19, 2006

World Cup 2oo6!

World Cup 2oo6!

All I have to say is wow… the world cup is soo much more fun than in the US. For the first game vs. Austrailia 4 of us went to shibuya to find a good sports bar to go to, and ended up in a karaoke place, it was fun, but where we went to last ngith was wayyyy better. Last night we went to a bar where everyone was watching the game and chanting and cheering the entire time, everyone was wearing their jersey, and it was amazing!

We ended up going with around 10 people in all I think and everyone had a great time. I was completely decked out in my “samurai blue” gear; I had my 2oo6 jersey, white shorts, and blue shoes. I basically had the uniform on, as seen below in my super cool pose…



As well as with me uber stylish Japanese haircut… which can be seen now to all those in the states…



2 people that i met and joined their sheering squad for the 2nd half!




2 friends that go to TUJ =]


After the game though we tried to decide on where to go the next game, and missed the train home so we took out time getting back to the station to get a cab. The streets near the station were going insane though, people were on top of the station entrances getting people psyked up for the next game vs brazil! It was really crazy, there were tons of cops trying to keep order, and having everyone moving along. If that's what it was like after a 0-0 tie, I wonder what would happen if japan were to win, and if they beat brazil, they pretty much make it into the tournament! I basically cant wait until the next game!



steves show and karaoke…

Steves Show And Karaoke…

Steves Show was pretty cool. Steven Berkawitz is one of the photography instructors during the summer here, he teaches full time at Temple in the US. I actually helped put up his show and it didn't take as long as we expected, and it looks amazing. He thought of a very fun way to show his work. There were a series of 9-15 prints that were all lined up side by side but were on very long pieces of paper. So picture an 11x14 print on an 11x 6 ft piece of paper (all vertical) and around 10 side by side. The over all work was huge, and we set it up to the paper was ‘floating’ away form the wall. Pictures to come…

And now to karaoke- after the show. It was actually one of the guy’s birthdays on the trip- Matt (21st) and we all decided to do karaoke. So we had a huge group of almost all the students that went on the trip, and few others: Shawn brought Yuka, I brought Mayu, so it was 15 in all. I was kinda not sure what to expect when we went, but the way I see it is: you might as well go all out and have fun, otherwise you’ll be kicking yourself for missing out. We originally planned to stay for only 2 hours, but you know when your having fun (and a couple of drinks) it goes by real quick >_<. All In all I would say it was a success, and a great night.

my project

My Project

Ok so I ended up deciding to do a series of 8 posters, each one describing a mode of transportation used in my block. All the posters are going to be A3 size, or very close to tabloid in the states. If you still don't know the size… its approximately 11x17. And in addition to that I need to make a multimedia piece, which will be a cd containing sounds of the various modes, in a rhythmic way. They will all have a fairly humorous feel to them, but all reflective of what I perceive of each type of transportation to be like. Once ive complete them ill post them up. Most will be highly illustrative, I just need to make sure I stick with one style, and make it work for a series of 8. Also I plan to utilize a lot of things ive learned form Japanese art and design while ive been here, by using patters, styles different ways of using type to portray what I want to say. I think it’s going to be fun.. but I have a lot of work ahead of me…

expectations of Japan…

Expectations of Japan…

I would say without a doubt that my expectations have been fulfilled, and I am very impressed with this country from every aspect. Although ive only seen basically two of the largest cities: Tokyo and Kyoto, I had pretty high standards coming in. This country is extremely clean! I love it, there is NEVER trash on the ground, people don't litter, things are spotless, and very well maintained. To me this is a huge plus, I love have things nice and clean and neat, and I didn't think anywhere could be this clean, but it was. The only weird thing is: there are not many trashcans. A lot of vending machines, and each one has a trashcan only for the bottles you bought from it.

The other this that exceeded my expectations was how safe it is, even in Tokyo! Walking at night is perfectly fine, ive never felt un-safe, ever. And what adds to it, is that school kids walk to school by themselves, for miles, downtown, across highways and streets, everyday! And they also ride the public transportation by themselves as well, which is the bus and the subway. The crazy thing is: I see kids every day that are no older that are 6 or 7 doing this, and it’s no big deal here.

Other expectations that I had was that it was going to be extremely expensive here, but to me that not the case. I live in one of the most expensive areas in Tokyo: Akasaka, and I can eat lunch for anywhere from $4-10 (400-1000 yen) and that includes tip. For instance, I had a sushi lunch today and it was only $8 even. I can however go out for dinner to a nicer place and easily drop $30+ on dinner, but I try not to do that too often…

The people are great, they realize that you are a foreigner and they try to speak English, The food is amazing, the weather is pretty good, and I cant think of anything else, but im sure ill think of all of it once I get back to the states and realize what is missing.

super deluxe:

Super deluxe:

Pecha Kucha night is what we went to. It’s always held once a month (last Wednesday of every month), at this space/area that hosts parties and events that's called super deluxe. How to describe pecha kucha…. Well basically there are around 20 designers, of all forms, that pitch what they are doing recently, to an audience of other designers. It's a good way to show off what you do, most people do architectural stuff, interior design, installations, etc. These designers however don’t have total freedom; they get to present 20 slides, and each one is only up for 20 seconds, no more no less, so it becomes a very interesting presentation. It was very cool seeing both Japanese and American designers showing their work. I actually thought that it was soooo cool that I asked one of the people who ran it how someone can enter in it: if there is a wait, or you have to be professional and not a student or what. Well… I gave my business card to the right person, and she told me to e-mail her with some info about myself and some samples of my work, probably just to make sure I know what I’m doing and not some random joe. All in all I actually e-mail two people and they both said that I am in the next pecha kucha night! I just have to have all my work by a certain time and e-mail them my personal information. I think I’m going to show about 10 slides of my magazine, and about 10 slides of the project I’m working on here. Last time the place was packed, and a lot of the other designers were pretty good, and they were also all pro, but I think it will be alright.

like to the real site which has pictures and more info:

http://www.pecha-kucha.org/category/tokyo/