What’s Jappaning Pt 1

This IS my second attempt to write about our first night in Japan. My laptop crashed and erased everything. From this point, I can’t remember shit from yesterday. I do recall a 12 hour flight that was hard to get comfortable, then getting through the Japan’s airport was a hassle with forms and what not. When we finally got out we weren’t close to home yet. The train ride took 2 hours to get to our loft. That made me hate riding in the train hahaha. I was just tired and cranky. But fuck all this talking and skip to the photos since everything I wrote got erased. 

OH wait, I do love Japan so far. Especially the food and the cars. Woke up at 530am this morning for a run. We got lost and ended up running 7 miles. Alright! Last night we went to a restaurant and ordered a bunch of stuff off the menu by pointing out the pictures since we don’t speak or read Japanese.

7-11 is just across the street so we had to stop by. 
7-11 is just across the street so we had to stop by. 

What’s Jappaning P2 (We Got Lost!)

We didn’t get much sleep on our first night in Japan. We were basically up for 24 hours till we had a few hours of sleep. It is now Saturday morning in Japan and it’s 2:30pm in the States right now. Fortunately we did get some sleep last night, a couple of us are still asleep while I’m down stairs whipping up this blog post about yesterday’s adventure in Japan. 

My brother and I woke up at 5:30am yesterday, it was just hard to sleep in. We decided to go for a run. I thought we were going for a 2-3 mile jog but we ended up getting extremely lost and we were out jogging for 7 miles looking for our house haha. We eventually found our home an hour later and everybody was up and dressed up. We got ready for breakfast to fuel our bodies for a long walk. We took the train to Shibuya. We spent the whole day shopping, Shibuya was like fashion capital of Tokyo. There were so many stores to shop, everyone on the streets were dressed for a fashion runway show for every season and genre available! It was nuts! I couldn’t tell you what they were doing out there, I wasn’t sure if they were hanging out or dressed to look fresh with their crew. They were all loitering on the street corners and sidewalks, possible waiting to be photographed or just stunting on each other. I even felt like I was walking into a ASAP Rocky’s music video at one point or a Japanese fetish porn scene. Japan is fucking amazing though, so much to see, and so much good food! I love the fucking food out here in Japan. 

All this walking after our run in the morning I ended up with 45K steps on my Fitbit. 

5:30am run. 
5:30am run. 
I love spotting cool cars on our run, most of our stops were to stare or take photos of it. 
I love spotting cool cars on our run, most of our stops were to stare or take photos of it. 
On the train again, for Shibuya. I still hate riding the train!! 
On the train again, for Shibuya. I still hate riding the train!! 
What ever this is, this was the shit!! I called it Cheese Pie because its made out of cheese. It wasn't to sweet, it was soft and fluffy, like a giant egg tart but with cheese. 
What ever this is, this was the shit!! I called it Cheese Pie because its made out of cheese. It wasn’t to sweet, it was soft and fluffy, like a giant egg tart but with cheese. 
Checked out a few Bape stores while we're out here. Bape's customer service was on point. Supreme store were dicks as usuals. But shout out to Supreme LA for changing it up and providing a great service now. 
Checked out a few Bape stores while we’re out here. Bape’s customer service was on point. Supreme store were dicks as usuals. But shout out to Supreme LA for changing it up and providing a great service now. 
Since I didn't get anything for my brother for Christmas I bought him this Bape shoes. Bape's employees walked us out, handed him the bag and bowed. Tradition out here is dope. 
Since I didn’t get anything for my brother for Christmas I bought him this Bape shoes. Bape’s employees walked us out, handed him the bag and bowed. Tradition out here is dope. 
Found this little ramen joint. 
Found this little ramen joint. 
Meet our waiter. We placed our orders on this machine and hand the ticket to the cooks. 
Meet our waiter. We placed our orders on this machine and hand the ticket to the cooks. 
I don't know if I can enjoy Ramen back at home anymore. This was so damn good!!! 
I don’t know if I can enjoy Ramen back at home anymore. This was so damn good!!! 
Thanks Japan, I didn't know what to do before I saw this sign lol. 
Thanks Japan, I didn’t know what to do before I saw this sign lol. 
At this point we're tired and my feet hurts, night life in Shenjuku. Where dudes soliciting God knows what on the streets. 
At this point we’re tired and my feet hurts, night life in Shenjuku. Where dudes soliciting God knows what on the streets. 
Inside Robot Restaurant. It was a very very strange place. You buy your tickets at one location, then walk to another location for the entrance. Then they made us wait in a bright and colorful lounge before being seated for the shoe. 
Inside Robot Restaurant. It was a very very strange place. You buy your tickets at one location, then walk to another location for the entrance. Then they made us wait in a bright and colorful lounge before being seated for the shoe. 
Out here shooting lasers at each other and shit. We had Kung Fu Panda and his crew fighting off some villains from Power Rangers. Shit was nuts, thought I was on drugs for a second. 
Out here shooting lasers at each other and shit. We had Kung Fu Panda and his crew fighting off some villains from Power Rangers. Shit was nuts, thought I was on drugs for a second. 
Gold toilet!!
Gold toilet!!

What’s Jappaning Pt3 (Murakami!!!)

Good morning!!!! It’s officially our third day in Japan and it’s finally setting in. I finally realize I’m sitting my butt on a chair in our living room, in Japan! So far it’s been a great experience, it’s been really fun chilling in Japan. The only down part is, we don’t get much sleep. There’s a lot of walking during the day and we stay up late drinking and chilling. So the most sleep we get is about 5 hours or less. 

Saturday morning we didn’t go for a run, instead we took a mile walk to Mister Donut. My feet was hurting from yesterday’s jog and long walks so I was pretty much limping the whole day. Kinda glad we walked though because we found some really cool spots to buy snacks to bring home and spots to grab lunch. First two days I didn’t take much photos with my Canon AE-1 but after seeing Marteena’s random photos she took of us she inspired me to just shoot random shit around Japan. That’s what I did, took random photos of things I saw. It wasn’t easy juggling from my Canon to my iPhone. I had to shoot with my phone for the blog. Anyways, It was extremely fun just walking around looking like a fucking tourist taking photos every 50 steps. Mister Donut on the other hand was fucking delicious. We killed time in a alley while we waited for Jay to meet us at the location for lunch. We found a very small spot…..and I mean really small restaurant for some Japanese Curry. 

The random curry spot we checked out turned out to be a fucking killer! That shit tasted soooooo good!! To remind you, they don’t speak english here and they tried their best to speak the basics as we try to communicate by pointing at pictures and hand gestures. The curry was made with cow stomach or intestine, I’m still not clear since we didn’t have a translator but according to his body language, he was rubbing his belly to let us know which part of meat we were going to eat. Then in the evening time we went to Roppongi Hills to check out Takashi Murakami art work at Mori Art Museum. I’m a huge fan of Murakami so I was definitely geeking out!! Soon after the art gallery we had dinner at Miyabi. A restaurant with private rooms to dine in. I must say I’m proud to cook the steaks for my group, considering I don’t know shit about cooking but I’m crazy about food! I’ve watched enough cooking shows where I’m mentally “Gordon Ramsey.” Cooking was mad fun! Food was mad good! Why does everything in Japan taste good so far!!? 

Like a kid in a candy store, huge smile!!! 
Like a kid in a candy store, huge smile!!! 
She looks so adorable! 
She looks so adorable! 
This is not a Honda Fit. lol. I thought it was. 
This is not a Honda Fit. lol. I thought it was. 
More than you can afford pal, Ferrari. 
More than you can afford pal, Ferrari. 
The outside of the Curry spot.  
The outside of the Curry spot.  
Doesn't look like much but it was delicious!
Doesn’t look like much but it was delicious!
The wall is right behind and this is how small the place really is. 
The wall is right behind and this is how small the place really is. 
Dressed for Roppongi Hills, Murakami and dinner. 
Dressed for Roppongi Hills, Murakami and dinner. 
The gift shop. 
The gift shop. 
My amateur ass counting the seconds on my watch lol. 
My amateur ass counting the seconds on my watch lol. 
We heard loud american music from a bar so we thought it was poppin'. We were wrong, it was just us in the small as bar lol.  
We heard loud american music from a bar so we thought it was poppin’. We were wrong, it was just us in the small as bar lol.  
We are the party. 

What’s Jappaning Pt 4 (NO SLEEP!)

Sunday we kinda chilled since we’re planning to go to a night club called Social Club, wanted to save our energy for it. We went back to Shibuya again to look for some Nike F.C.R.B stuff that I’ve been longing to purchase. I’ve searched in the US and no stores carry the Nike F.C.R.B stuff but in Japan and I think Europe. I could order it online but since I knew I was coming to Japan I waited to try it on. The only shop that popped up on the radar that had it was SOPH. So yeah, basically I flew 12 hours to Japan just to buy this jacket, haha JK. I love how the shops treat people here. They all bow and say hello when you walk in, when you spend a pretty penny they’ll carry your bag out and bow as we bid farewell. 

The streets were packed as usual, beginning to feel claustrophobic. We had a hard time looking for a place to eat since the area were full of clothing stores, or we just couldn’t see through the heavy crowd. We walked by this Italian restaurant, which had their menu posted outside. The food looked great so we wanted to give it a try. I’ve been warned by my peers not to try anything other than Japanese food in Japan but we wanted to see what their take on Italian food was like. I must say, I DID NOT LIKE IT one bit. I ordered the steak and fries, that was okay. And a side of margherita pizza. The margherita pizza was horrible! Tasted just like the tomato sauce from those Chef Boyardee can food. Don’t get me wrong, I fuck with Chef Boyardee but I wasn’t expecting my pizza to taste like that. We killed our lunch anyway, no point of wasting food. We went back to the loft to rest, we were in bed by 5:30pm and woke up around 10:30pm. Got dressed, drank a little of whiskey and we were out to find the Social Club. The club opened at 11:30pm and they closes at 7AM. We ordered Whiskey Coke all night, they make their drinks really weak so we kept ordering them. The music was great, upstairs they played Funk music and downstairs was straight hip hop. They played mostly east coast shit but maintained a good mix of everything. Had a fucking blast though, I thought being out all night would hard but time flew by. Made it home by 5:30AM and it was time for bed. I have a really hard time sleeping in so I only had 2 hours of sleep. I will go back to sleep after I publish this post. So with that said, it’s 12:39pm right now and it’s 7:40pm in the US. 

I finally had that drink that taste like Jolly Rancher. 
I finally had that drink that taste like Jolly Rancher. 
SOPH
SOPH
I was having second thoughts about buying it because of the price but I do need it for the snow tomorrow. This jacket a medium, I wear XL but some how this fit me. It's really warm!
I was having second thoughts about buying it because of the price but I do need it for the snow tomorrow. This jacket a medium, I wear XL but some how this fit me. It’s really warm!
This is where you go to dress like Justin Bieber. 
This is where you go to dress like Justin Bieber. 
I don't know if you can tell but this sidewalk is filled with people all the way up the street. 
I don’t know if you can tell but this sidewalk is filled with people all the way up the street. 
The Italian restaurant looked cool though, a rooftop theme. 
The Italian restaurant looked cool though, a rooftop theme. 
Presentation was cool and all. 
Presentation was cool and all. 
There's always that creepy old guy. LOL. 
There’s always that creepy old guy. LOL. 
Our ride home. 

What’s Jappaning Pt 5 (Snow Day)

We got up super early Tuesday morning to take the train out to Nagano for the snow. It was a long and treacherous ride. Just a tip for you first time travelers, in order to get on the bullet train you’ll have to purchase the tickets at the machine and then purchase another ticket at the booth by the gate. We couldn’t figure this out for about an hour and a half. It still sound complicated reading this post but it’ll make sense once you get there. Then you’ll have to get on a bus to ride to Hakuba which was an hour ride. The train was about 3 hour ride by the way. But this is if you’re taking public transportation. 

As soon as we got to Hakuba Dook and Robert went snow boarding and Marteena and I walked around Echo Land to check out some restaurants and souvenir shops. It was pretty cold as you can imagine but luckily for me I’m dressed in the Nike Hyper Warm tights underneath my clothes. The new Nike F.C.R.B jacket I bought kept me feeling like I’m in a fucking sauna. We took a lot of photos with my GoPro, iPhone, and my Canon. Eventually Dook and Robert made it back and we went out for a walk to search for more food. It was about a mile walk to the nearest Yakitori stand (that was fucking delicious). Did some more shopping, Marteena bought mostly snacks to take home. We walked a little more and found two food trucks, one was selling pizza, hot dogs, and churros and the other one was selling Rice Burgers! Yes! Rice Burgers! Wagyu beef in between buns made out of rice. Super innovative and tasty. I would recommend you to search for this yellow truck and tell him California says hi. 

This is what waking up at 4AM get you. Haha. 
This is what waking up at 4AM get you. Haha. 
Deli Dogs at the bullet train station got some good selections. 
Deli Dogs at the bullet train station got some good selections. 
Fried Chicken, I know, it's not a hot dog but it was fucking delicious. 
Fried Chicken, I know, it’s not a hot dog but it was fucking delicious. 
Taken from the bus ride. 
Taken from the bus ride. 
First sign of snow. 
First sign of snow. 
Hopped off the bus and on to the taxi. Off to our hotel!
Hopped off the bus and on to the taxi. Off to our hotel!
Robert and Dook off to snowboard. 
Robert and Dook off to snowboard. 
And we're off for our walk. 
And we’re off for our walk. 
Snackin'. 
Snackin’. 
This little ramen joint was the only thing open since it was still early. We walked a total of four hours so all this walking got us hungry. 
This little ramen joint was the only thing open since it was still early. We walked a total of four hours so all this walking got us hungry. 
I forgot to take a photo of the Yakitori stand, but this was about an hour after my ramen stop. 
I forgot to take a photo of the Yakitori stand, but this was about an hour after my ramen stop. 
In Chef Action Bronson's own words, "fuck thats delicious." 
In Chef Action Bronson’s own words, “fuck thats delicious.” 
The chef. 
The chef. 
Took the taxi back to the hotel and chilled for about an hour and a half and went out for dinner, yes yes I know, we kinda eating a lot. This store is though is a souvenir store with Foosball, Pool table, and a air soft gun shooting range lol. DOPE!
Took the taxi back to the hotel and chilled for about an hour and a half and went out for dinner, yes yes I know, we kinda eating a lot. This store is though is a souvenir store with Foosball, Pool table, and a air soft gun shooting range lol. DOPE!
Take your pick. 
Take your pick. 
We're having steak for dinner, and you guessed it (if you were guessing), we had wagyu. 
We’re having steak for dinner, and you guessed it (if you were guessing), we had wagyu. 
Checked out this Orgigami Gallery while they cook our steaks. 
Checked out this Orgigami Gallery while they cook our steaks. 
These potatoes and cheese with the mustard dip was goooooodddd. I know they don't look like much. 
These potatoes and cheese with the mustard dip was goooooodddd. I know they don’t look like much. 

What’s Jappaning Pt 6 (Looking For Blow)

Chillllllll everyone! I’m talking about Blowfish! We’ll get to that later.

The hardest part about traveling so far (for me at least) is getting some really good sleep. Well the biggest challenge for our first time traveler (Marteena) she has to sleep in a room with 3 snoring men and I snore the loudest (as I was told). So she ain’t getting much sleep too. I realize I can’t sleep well anywhere beside my bed. I don’t do sleep over and sleeping anywhere else is just a no no for me. I can pull a 3-4 hour sleep and after that I will just toss and turn the rest of the night and checking my phone for time every 30 minutes, yes, every 30 minutes. And I’m usually the last person to hop into bed since I like to whip up this blog post before I go to sleep. 

We left Nagano early in the morning, we got up before the receptionist was even operational! So we couldn’t catch a shuttle to the bus stop to get an early start. 

Dead, Marteena getting a few second of sleep in the Lobby since the hotel is still sleeping! 
Dead, Marteena getting a few second of sleep in the Lobby since the hotel is still sleeping! 

Since the next Shuttle won’t be available till 8 am we decided to mine as well eat their continental breakfast. 

Not everything we eat is super fancy haha. Was it good? Lets just say we appreciate free food. 
Not everything we eat is super fancy haha. Was it good? Lets just say we appreciate free food. 
It's so cold outside they have an warm area to to wait in. 
It’s so cold outside they have an warm area to to wait in. 
Always snacking, shout out to Ryan Der for putting us on. Told us the sandwiches at 7-11 was good. Look at it, they even cut the crust. 
Always snacking, shout out to Ryan Der for putting us on. Told us the sandwiches at 7-11 was good. Look at it, they even cut the crust. 
Robert is always buying bacon anything.
Robert is always buying bacon anything.

I thought we would take a nap and rest up a bit after returning home from Nagano but nah, we took showers and got ready to go out. Back to Shibuya for dinner, for the third time. Shibuya is a really dope place, full of fashion and interesting people to watch. My homegirl Megan who just moved to Japan had some time to meet up with us! 

Megan, inside a bar somewhere in Shibuya underneath Forever 21. 
Megan, inside a bar somewhere in Shibuya underneath Forever 21. 

So back to the topic, Robert and I have always wanted to try Blowfish. Now that we’re in Japan, we wanted to cross that out of our bucket list! We do not know what it’ll taste like and how much it would cost. We didn’t care, we wanted to try it! 

My brother ended up meeting up with his boss’s friend and while he was having dinner with him, we (Robert, Marteena, and Megan) chilled inside the bar drinking and eating appetizer. It was the best way to stay warm. 

Some shit we didn't order but kept it anyways. This is what you get when you don't speak Japanese. OH! Megan spoke Japanese but some how we managed to fuck it up anyways haha. 
Some shit we didn’t order but kept it anyways. This is what you get when you don’t speak Japanese. OH! Megan spoke Japanese but some how we managed to fuck it up anyways haha. 
Liver patay, shit was pretty damn good. Reminds me of the shit that put in Vietnamese sandwiches. 
Liver patay, shit was pretty damn good. Reminds me of the shit that put in Vietnamese sandwiches. 
Wagyu covered in tomato sauce, something like that. 
Wagyu covered in tomato sauce, something like that. 
Looking for the Fugu restaurant to finally eat that Blowfish, that "Blow" is what we're looking for. Oh! I wanted to take this photo to show you that dude's hair due lol. 
Looking for the Fugu restaurant to finally eat that Blowfish, that “Blow” is what we’re looking for. Oh! I wanted to take this photo to show you that dude’s hair due lol. 

We found there’s more to fashion in Shibuya. We found an alley full of food!!! We will definitely be checking that out tomorrow! 

We found Taco Bell! Their menus was slightly different. They served beers and stuff with shrimp. 
We found Taco Bell! Their menus was slightly different. They served beers and stuff with shrimp. 
Upside billboard, possibly for them drunk fools to read if they ever end up laying on their backs. 
Upside billboard, possibly for them drunk fools to read if they ever end up laying on their backs. 
Look! Someone drew boobies on the wall. 
Look! Someone drew boobies on the wall. 
We finally arrive!! Blowfish! Here we come!
We finally arrive!! Blowfish! Here we come!
Fugu (Blowfish) skin in chopped chives and some sauce and I don't know what that red thing is but "fuck that's delicious." I ate Marteena's bowl because she ain't down for that raw fish. 
Fugu (Blowfish) skin in chopped chives and some sauce and I don’t know what that red thing is but “fuck that’s delicious.” I ate Marteena’s bowl because she ain’t down for that raw fish. 
They only have Fugu on the menu so it kinda sucked for our friends who weren't planning to eat Fugu. Luckily had these! Fried Fugu skin which was really good. Kinda like pork rinds. We also ordered Fugu Karaage too. 
They only have Fugu on the menu so it kinda sucked for our friends who weren’t planning to eat Fugu. Luckily had these! Fried Fugu skin which was really good. Kinda like pork rinds. We also ordered Fugu Karaage too. 
Fugu sashimi, taste pretty damn good! 
Fugu sashimi, taste pretty damn good! 
This shit was still twitching. This was thrown into the hot pot which was not bad at all. We had dipping sauce for the Fugu which made everything taste so much better with more flavors. 
This shit was still twitching. This was thrown into the hot pot which was not bad at all. We had dipping sauce for the Fugu which made everything taste so much better with more flavors. 
Can't tell but to the bottom right hand corner is the hot pot. 
Can’t tell but to the bottom right hand corner is the hot pot. 
After we finished the hot pot, the waiter came in to whip something up using the broth in front of us. Great way of not wasting food. He dumped rice in it, then eggs and a tea spoon of soy sauce. What we get from it is magic ya'll. It was surprising…
After we finished the hot pot, the waiter came in to whip something up using the broth in front of us. Great way of not wasting food. He dumped rice in it, then eggs and a tea spoon of soy sauce. What we get from it is magic ya’ll. It was surprisingly good! Like a egg drop soup basically. 
This is the magic ! 
This is the magic ! 
Dessert. 
Dessert. 
Since we all tried some of the Fugu we had to get a group photo. 
Since we all tried some of the Fugu we had to get a group photo. 

We left the restaurant and headed to the subway station. But of course we made a few stops on the way. 

This is an outdoor Nike display, pretty cool. No glass. 
This is an outdoor Nike display, pretty cool. No glass. 
A private owned shop for your vegetable needs. 
A private owned shop for your vegetable needs. 
I'd like to stay at this hotel haha. 
I’d like to stay at this hotel haha. 

What’s Jappaning Pt 7 (Hooters)

Let me be honest, I woke up drunk and I’m having a hard time whipping this one up. I need more sleep and some coconut water. Where do I start, we went to the fish market yesterday since they’ll be moving to a new location due to new development there. It was basically a food alley with everything fish. We nibbled on a few things but I guess I’m not a fan of fishy food because I wasn’t feeling it. 

This mochi was probably the only thing I liked from the fish market haha. 
This mochi was probably the only thing I liked from the fish market haha. 

Megan met up with us at the fish market then we hopped on the subway all the way to Diver City just to see a fucking Gundam statue haha. Took a group photo, checked out the Gundam Cafe, grabbed snacks and back on the Subway to Roppangi. 

Roppongi had a lot of exotic cars. 
Roppongi had a lot of exotic cars. 

After an hour of walking we got hungry again!! 

Seen a lot of BMW Alpina B3 out here. 
Seen a lot of BMW Alpina B3 out here. 
But check this one out, this is a taxi! 
But check this one out, this is a taxi! 
Look who made it out! Jenny Lam. We checked out Hooters Japan.
Look who made it out! Jenny Lam. We checked out Hooters Japan.
Nene, such a cutie. 
Nene, such a cutie. 
Then we drank in public, apparently it's allowed here. 
Then we drank in public, apparently it’s allowed here. 
She swears she knows muay thai, wait, maybe she does haha. 
She swears she knows muay thai, wait, maybe she does haha. 

We headed back home early, I think 9pm? But we didn’t go home, guess what we did, fucking eat. Always fucking eating. We checked out a place called Brooklyn Ribbon Fries and discovered they carried Saint Archer and Modern Times beer! That’s what up! 

We didn't do burgers out in Japan, afraid it wouldn't be good. But you have to try their burgers, it was fucking delicious. So delicious that the first word from Robert's mouth this morning was "damn the burger was good." 
We didn’t do burgers out in Japan, afraid it wouldn’t be good. But you have to try their burgers, it was fucking delicious. So delicious that the first word from Robert’s mouth this morning was “damn the burger was good.” 
I had to get a photo with the Brooklyn Ribbon Fries crew. 
I had to get a photo with the Brooklyn Ribbon Fries crew. 

Oh yeah, check this shit out, we kept it gangsta haha. 

What’s Jappaning Pt 8 (Final Post)

First and foremost I’d like to give a special shout out to Jay Yuch for helping us out with the loft in Japan. You made the trip so much sweeter my dude. Shout out to Megan for coming out to chill for a couple of days, good luck on your endeavor and I’m sure you’ll be a great english teacher (tell your mom I said that lol). I’ll see you again soon. My brother and Robert for being the tech guys and navigating us through Japan, got lost a few times but that was our plan in the first place. Jenny Lam for meeting us at Hooters Shibuya, great seeing you out there. Marteena, you made my Japan trip more memorable, more sweeter. I was already passionate about Japan but now you’ve given me memories that I’m even more passionate about. Japanese food will never be the same in the states, living a normal life in the states will never be the same without you since I spent 10 days with you in Japan. Remember how I said music records memories for me? Because of the boy band truck that be driving around “iKon – My Type” will forever be the soundtrack to my Japan trip. See you around my lady, maybe Bora Bora will be in our future =). 

OH! And a special shout out to the random Chinese dudes who gave us a ride off the Aqualine since we were the only one who took the taxi out to the middle of nowhere with no ride back. Great driving you fucking assholes, If you weren’t three cars deep I’d put you in the hospital just for putting our lives in danger, but since we made it out alive, I appreciate the ride bitches.  

Now that I got all that off my chest, we spent 10 days in Japan. Most of the time we took the train, walked about 10 miles a day (25k steps a day), shopped a lot, ate a lot, but thankfully we didn’t gain any weight since we walked so much. We spent our second to last day chilling at the loft playing my favorite card game, Killer. Then we had our last dinner together at Broooklyn Diner. I’m telling you, the Japenese on our block are obsessed with Brooklyn. But damn they did a good job on the food though. 

Randomly picked this spot since we had ramen, we had curry, and other shit. We wanted something different. 
Randomly picked this spot since we had ramen, we had curry, and other shit. We wanted something different. 
It's a Jamaican themed restaurant, they had Jamaican hot sauce which was fucking delicious and jerk chicken and jerk beef. We ordered the typical onion rings and fries, both were perfectly cooked.
It’s a Jamaican themed restaurant, they had Jamaican hot sauce which was fucking delicious and jerk chicken and jerk beef. We ordered the typical onion rings and fries, both were perfectly cooked.
Fried Catfish! 
Fried Catfish! 
I think this was the pork belly, soooo tasty! 
I think this was the pork belly, soooo tasty! 
Short ribs. 
Short ribs. 
Fried shrimps. 
Fried shrimps. 
Spotted this beauty at the gas station on our way back to the loft. 
Spotted this beauty at the gas station on our way back to the loft. 
The intense stare down between Dook and Marteena. Marteena be taking forever just to kill a fucking 5! LOL. Don't mind the 7-11 snacks to the left. 
The intense stare down between Dook and Marteena. Marteena be taking forever just to kill a fucking 5! LOL. Don’t mind the 7-11 snacks to the left. 

Saturday morning we spent our day packing, the only agenda we had was Tokyo Auto Salon and then the Auto Fashion x The Chronincles night week on the Aqualine. I took Marteena back to the Brooklyn Ribbon Fries for our last lunch together in Japan. She planned on staying in all day to rest while we go out our way to the Auto Salon, that’s about an hour away from where we were. It was colder than I remember, I had to buy a scarf that night to keep my face warm. It was a good and bad experience all at the same time considering the Auto Salon was mad cool and putting ourselves in strangers car just to get off the island by testing grim reaper himself with his suicidal way of driving. He was driving a fucking Prius for fuck sakes, not even a tuned race car! 180kmp, what does that translate too in mph? 111mph through the tunnel with sharp turns and inches from the wall and semi trucks. N***** you ain’t in Initial D! Anyways, it was good seeing my friends Hiro and Takeshi in their hometown, and the Chronicles team, DPK crew, and Auto Fashion USA fams. People say it’s made peaceful in Japan, it sure is. Most of the time the strangers will not look you in the eyes, they are either to shy or scared. While conducting business with them is another story, they are friendliest people you’ll ever meet. They are so polite in Japan, and bikes are hardly locked up, the trust system in Japan is fucking crazy. I love their customer service, their head nods and bow. 7-11 USA will never be the same!! We visit 7-11 in Japan twice a day! I miss their food already. 

My last lunch with Marteena in Japan, Brooklyn Ribbon fries. I was missing In-n-Out burgers and this was the closest to it, real talk, shit tasted like In-N-Out burger! 
My last lunch with Marteena in Japan, Brooklyn Ribbon fries. I was missing In-n-Out burgers and this was the closest to it, real talk, shit tasted like In-N-Out burger! 
My ketchup happy face. 
My ketchup happy face. 
A recap of Electric City, taken sometimes on a Friday afternoon. To let ya'll know of a oil noodle spot. We don't know the name, it was discovered by accident, but it was sooo good I had to tell ya'll about it. 
A recap of Electric City, taken sometimes on a Friday afternoon. To let ya’ll know of a oil noodle spot. We don’t know the name, it was discovered by accident, but it was sooo good I had to tell ya’ll about it. 
This is the spot, use google translate or find a Japanese friend to translate it for ya. 
This is the spot, use google translate or find a Japanese friend to translate it for ya. 
It was really good, I didn't show any excitement at the time because I was so hungover from the night before. 
It was really good, I didn’t show any excitement at the time because I was so hungover from the night before. 

Now to the photos from Tokyo Auto Salon, I spent most of my focus on the exotics and race cars. The photographers out there are just the same as the US, none of them are interested in the cars and only on the girls. They be acting hella thirsty out there!! I get all excited when I see a group of photographers crowding around to take photos thinking its a new car or a celebrity but nope, just a freaking model. Thirsty ass. 

The Modulo Honda s660 ladies and gentlemen. 
The Modulo Honda s660 ladies and gentlemen. 
Ugh!! The new Honda s660 Mugen!
Ugh!! The new Honda s660 Mugen!
The new Mugen Civic Type-R, so rad!
The new Mugen Civic Type-R, so rad!
This is the new Honda HR-V in the states, not sure what its called in Japan but this is the Mugen edition. I want one. 
This is the new Honda HR-V in the states, not sure what its called in Japan but this is the Mugen edition. I want one. 
I hope we get one of these in the states, the new Honda Civic Type-R.
I hope we get one of these in the states, the new Honda Civic Type-R.
"Another one" as we been saying all week thanks to Dj Khaled. Honda s660 Modulo. 
“Another one” as we been saying all week thanks to Dj Khaled. Honda s660 Modulo. 
Japanese van game is on point, fucking on point!!
Japanese van game is on point, fucking on point!!
I want to own a race car one day, I'd drive it illegally if I have to. 
I want to own a race car one day, I’d drive it illegally if I have to. 
The new Miata are so "HORD!"
The new Miata are so “HORD!”
This was a weird one for me, its a Scion FR-S but it has a Lexus badge, with the lexus signature design and LFA style front bumper and exhaust pipes. 
This was a weird one for me, its a Scion FR-S but it has a Lexus badge, with the lexus signature design and LFA style front bumper and exhaust pipes. 
I've watched this car race on TV all the time, feels so good to see it in person. 
I’ve watched this car race on TV all the time, feels so good to see it in person. 
So geek'd over this Liberty Walk Maserati. 
So geek’d over this Liberty Walk Maserati. 
I paid more attention to the details on this car over any other cars there. This little Honda EF race car is beautifully built. Even has a real carbon fiber roof instead of the typical vinyl sticker. 
I paid more attention to the details on this car over any other cars there. This little Honda EF race car is beautifully built. Even has a real carbon fiber roof instead of the typical vinyl sticker. 
Finally seen this up close, The Maserati MC-12. 
Finally seen this up close, The Maserati MC-12. 
Mansory Range Rover. 
Mansory Range Rover. 
Subaru BRZ STI. 
Subaru BRZ STI. 
Liberty Walk Audi S5. 
Liberty Walk Audi S5. 
I'm telling you, killing the Van game. 
I’m telling you, killing the Van game. 
The king of all cars. 
The king of all cars. 
"HORD"
“HORD”
Honda Odyssey Mugen edition. 
Honda Odyssey Mugen edition. 
The other king of all cars. Spotted in the parking lot of Tokyo Auto Salon. 
The other king of all cars. Spotted in the parking lot of Tokyo Auto Salon. 

Yo Japan, thank you so much for a great time, thank you for clean bathrooms, for the great fucking food, it will never be the same here at home. I’ll see you again Japan, arigato gozaimasu!!! 

Japan In 35mm

As most of you know I was in Japan in January for the first time with some friends and family. I haven’t been able to get Japan off my mind, I loved it so much there so I decided to go again this winter. 

I brought my Gopro, Nikon F5, and my Canon AE-1 camera to shoot some shit and bring it back home to share with everyone in a photo exhibition. That didn’t pan out for two reasons, I didn’t like it enough to have an exhibition and 2nd, I didn’t want to print these photos and toss them out. Picked up a new project anyways so I’m excited about that. 

After holding the images back for a couple of months I decided to put them up on this site and do a quick blog on my favorite photos with a little insight on what was on my mind when I shot it. 

This young girl caught my attention because she stood out from the rest, I stopped to look and thought to myself "should I shoot this?" My hesitation led the door to close and out of no where it opened up again, took that has a sign to shoot and her…
This young girl caught my attention because she stood out from the rest, I stopped to look and thought to myself “should I shoot this?” My hesitation led the door to close and out of no where it opened up again, took that has a sign to shoot and here it is. 
I love this shot, this is an accidental double exposure on my Canon ae-1. 
I love this shot, this is an accidental double exposure on my Canon ae-1. 
Our commute consisted of 10 mile walks and sometimes hours on the train. The look on her face says it all. 
Our commute consisted of 10 mile walks and sometimes hours on the train. The look on her face says it all. 
I was expecting to see these Harajuku girls or cosplay girls in Japan. What are they called again? They were all over the place. 
I was expecting to see these Harajuku girls or cosplay girls in Japan. What are they called again? They were all over the place. 
Memory Lane, I actually saw this joint on t.v after my trip to Japan. Small personal restaurants that seats 2 to 10 customers. 
Memory Lane, I actually saw this joint on t.v after my trip to Japan. Small personal restaurants that seats 2 to 10 customers. 
At the Auto Fashion USA x The Chronicles night meet on the Aqua line. Beautiful Porsche next to the owner. 
At the Auto Fashion USA x The Chronicles night meet on the Aqua line. Beautiful Porsche next to the owner. 
No bikes are ever locked in Japan. These police officers are actually towing bikes that violated the "no evening parking" multiple times. As soon as they left the this sidewalk was filled with more bikes! 
No bikes are ever locked in Japan. These police officers are actually towing bikes that violated the “no evening parking” multiple times. As soon as they left the this sidewalk was filled with more bikes! 
I love this shot of this Japanese elder running her little shop. 
I love this shot of this Japanese elder running her little shop. 
At Mt. Nagano for the snow. The cute was just really cute haha. 
At Mt. Nagano for the snow. The cute was just really cute haha. 
I was wrapped up in a big warm jacket and occasionally breathing hot air into my hand to warm my face up and I see this young school girl walking in her skirt. 
I was wrapped up in a big warm jacket and occasionally breathing hot air into my hand to warm my face up and I see this young school girl walking in her skirt. 
Love this panning action with distorted lights. 
Love this panning action with distorted lights. 
Everybody in Japan were on their phones, especially on the train. 
Everybody in Japan were on their phones, especially on the train. 
All I could think of "Yakuza? Yakuza?" I wanted to photograph one so bad. 

Meat On Sticks

I’m not sure why it took me this long to eat at a Yakitori restaurant. Maybe because I was never a fan of the meat my family usually make at BBQ’s seasoned with Lemon Grass, I HATE lemon grass!! Laos and Cambodian love putting that in their food, so every time I see meat on a stick I’d passed. 

I was hoping for my typical Sunday evening of doing nothing and binge watch Netflix shows but I ended up going Downtown for some Hookah. We worked up an appetite from our long conversation and made our way to Yokohama Yakitori Koubou on Convoy. Tonight was the first for everything. It’s been a long long time since I’ve gone out with someone new, it was refreshing hanging out with a new face. It was also my first time to a Yakitori restaurant, thanks to Gina (the “new” person I hung out with). I ended up staying out really late, which is not my typical Sunday but it was all worth it, felt young again but I can feel my body slowly craving some sleep. Made it home by 1 AM so I’m feeling pretty tired today. 

First up we ordered Seasoned Egg, salty but delicious. 
First up we ordered Seasoned Egg, salty but delicious. 
I call this the Mortal Kombat Platter, because Chicken Heart, Chicken Skin, Chicken Gizzard, and some beef, that's what I call a Fatality. We killed that shit. 
I call this the Mortal Kombat Platter, because Chicken Heart, Chicken Skin, Chicken Gizzard, and some beef, that’s what I call a Fatality. We killed that shit. 
There was a wall to my left that had an advertisement for this, so we order that too. Grapefruit and White Peach. 
There was a wall to my left that had an advertisement for this, so we order that too. Grapefruit and White Peach. 
Not sure how this happen but we ordered fried Tofu, not a fan but she made me finish my portion anyways. 
Not sure how this happen but we ordered fried Tofu, not a fan but she made me finish my portion anyways. 
Round 2!! Quail eggs, Chicken Tail (butt I think), More beef, and I don't know who ordered the Chicken Skin but it's there. Oh and Chicken Cartilage. Cartilage is just pointless, never again! 
Round 2!! Quail eggs, Chicken Tail (butt I think), More beef, and I don’t know who ordered the Chicken Skin but it’s there. Oh and Chicken Cartilage. Cartilage is just pointless, never again! 
Angles motherfucker. 
Angles motherfucker.